Toowoomba man arrested in Bali on drugs charges
A TOOWOOMBA man has been arrested in Bali after he allegedly arrived with more than 20 grams of methamphetamine and ecstasy in his luggage.
He faces drugs charges which carry a maximum of 20 years in jail or the death penalty.
Isaac Emmanuel Roberts, who was born in Toowoomba and describes himself as a qualified chartered accountant, was paraded by customs officials in Denpasar on Tuesday wearing a black balaclava over his head and bright orange prison-issued clothes.
Customs officials allege Mr Roberts was caught with 14.32 grams of methamphetamine, 6.22 grams of ecstasy and 22ml of Alprazolam upon his arrival at Bali's international airport on December 4.
They contend Mr Roberts appeared suspicious and he was subsequently arrested after a search of his luggage uncovered the drugs.
Officials kept details of his arrest under wraps until Tuesday.
Mr Roberts fronted a crowd of reporters in Denpasar this afternoon, and according to News Corp's Cindy Wockner and Komang Erviani, suggested to the assembled media that he had been working with customs and invited to Bali and that customs knew he was bringing something with him.
"Parading small time users in front of media for tiny amounts when there are kilos coming through this airport. It's ridiculous," Roberts said, suggesting he had been set up.
"I was invited to this country. I was working with a Customs officer and they knew I was going to bring something."
Mr Roberts is currently being held in the police jail at police headquarters in Denpasar. He will be transferred to Kerobokan prison where he will await trial in the Denpasar District Court early next year.
Mr Roberts has a website where he describes himself as a qualified chartered accountant, chartered tax adviser and registered tax agent.
His LinkedIn account has been deactivated.