EFEJakarta

An Indonesian court on the island of Bali has on Tuesday sentenced a Peruvian citizen to 10 years in prison for smuggling 1.7 kilograms (around 3.7 pounds) of cocaine.

A panel of three judges in the provincial capital of Bali, Denpasar, ruled that 44-year-old Jorge Rafael Albornoz Gamarra, a carpenter by profession, must also pay a financial penalty of a billion Rupiahs (some $71,000) or remain another four months in prison, an epa-efe photographer said.

The six months spent the accused spent in preventative custody will be deducted from the overall sentence, which is less than the 15 years suggested by prosecutors.

Albornoz was carrying 4.08 kilograms (around 9 pounds) of cocaine hidden in his luggage, which was treated at the customs laboratory in Surabaya city.

Following Albornoz's detention, Bali Customs chief Untung Basuki said the accused was working as a carpenter and his family in the Lima province had told the Peruvian media outlet La Republica that he had economic problems.

Customs authorities at Ngurah Rai airport have carried out 72 arrests related to drug trafficking in 2018, according to official data.

Indonesia has some of the world's most severe laws against drug trafficking, with sentences ranging from five years of imprisonment to capital punishment for quantities exceeding five grams in cases of drugs such as cocaine.

At least 18 people, including 15 foreigners, were executed between January 2015 and July 2016, the last time the death penalty was given in Indonesia, according to a local legal assistance NGO, LBH Masyarakat. EFE

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