Bali Police reveal details about targeted raid and interrogation of Aussie drug suspect Troy Smith

Matt Shrivell
The Nightly
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Troy Smith, and his wife, were arrested in Canggu, on the south coast of the Indonesian island on May 2, according to reports by 7NEWS.
Troy Smith, and his wife, were arrested in Canggu, on the south coast of the Indonesian island on May 2, according to reports by 7NEWS. Credit: 7NEWS

Balinese law enforcement officials have confirmed they targeted a luxury villa in Canggu in a raid which saw South Australian father Troy Smith and his wife Tracy arrested and detained on drug possession charges.

Officers from the Indonesia National Police force suspected the villa was being used as a drug production facility and entered the address, arresting the occupants on May 2.

The couple from Port Lincoln were taken to Denpasar Police Station and Smith was charged with allegedly possessing 3.5 grams of methamphetamine. He is still being held, but it is believed his wife was subsequently released without charge.

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Members of the anti-narcotics squad in Bali have indicated their intelligence suggested the villa was being used to produce ecstasy pills and marijuana and they have taken possession of drug making paraphernalia including ‘tools’.

A spokesman for the Balinese Police said three other foreign nationals were arrested during the raid and it was an ongoing investigation.

‘’We are waiting on results from our lab just to make sure. Those in custody are still under interrogation.’’

Lawyers for Smith have reportedly commenced argument that the Australian holidaymaker is a drug addict and suggested any charges, if proven, should carry a remand sentence to a drug rehabilitation facility rather than a custodial jail sentence.

Bali is renowned for its strict adherence to anti-illicit drug laws and possession charges and, if proven, carry lengthy prison terms.

Drug trafficking in some instances can result in the death penalty, which was played out most recently when convicted ‘Bali Nine’ drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukamaran were sentenced to death and executed in 2015.

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