British Woman Rachel D Pictured In Bali Jail Over £1.6m Cocaine Haul

PICTURED: Second British Woman Held Over Bali Drug Haul

A British woman facing the death penalty after being arrested in Bali on suspicion of being part of a million pound drug smuggling ring has been pictured at an Indonesian police station for the first time.

Rachel D was arrested but shouted "it is a fit up"

Known only as Rachel D, she is seen make-up free and looking drained in a prison jumpsuit.

Rachel shouted the customs sting was a "fit up" and that she was being badly treated in prison.

She told ITV reporter Angus Walker through the bars in her cell: "It's a fit up, get us a decent lawyer."

Rachel was arrested alongside housewife Lindsay Sandiford, 55, who could face the death penalty after being found with £1.6m of cocaine in Bali, after Sandiford reportedly agreed to set up a sting operation.

According to the Daily Mail she was detained alongside her husband, with the two thought to be the ring-leaders of the gang.

Housewife Lindsay Sandiford, who faces the death penalty

A friend of Sandiford told ITV's Daybreak on Tuesday she remembered her as "someone that helped me", adding she was "very surprised" at her arrest abroad.

"Our children played rugby for Cheltenham and, because I wasn't driving at the time, she'd transport my children, so I helped her with jobs around the house," she said.

"I just can't believe that she's gone that low. I'm just gobsmacked."

Drug traffickers are now more likely to enlist western tourists because they do not fit the stereotype of a drug mule, according to a lecturer in criminology.

Jennifer Fleetwood, a University of Kent expert in drug mules and the drug trade, said: "There is no such thing as a typical drugs mule.

"Nowadays, traffickers are more likely to employ pensioners, teenagers and western tourists in the hope of evading detection.

"A significant minority of drug mules are coerced or threatened into the risky business carrying drugs across borders.

Furthermore, few drug mules know where they are travelling to or what they will carry until the last minute. By then, it is impossible to back out."

Dr Fleetwood said: "Researchers and campaigners worldwide agree that drug mules are minor players. Most earn pitiful sums of money for taking the risk for others."

Indonesia has extremely strict drug laws and convicted smugglers are executed. More than 140 people are on death row, a third of them foreigners.

The drugs were found hidden in the lining of a suitcase she was carrying, officials said.

Sandiford told police she only agreed to make the trip because her children in England were being threatened, according to the Australian Associated Press (AAP) news agency.


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