Australian tourist rescued from the coast of Bali after being lost for four days at sea when police & # 39; meth are hiding under a bed on his boat & # 39;
- Anthony Haritos is said to have used the medication to relieve pain after a painful fall
- The 63-year-old was rescued from the sea after being stranded for four days
- He was sentenced to 12 years in prison according to the strict anti-drug laws of Indonesia
An Australian man who was rescued after being stranded at sea off the coast of Bali is reportedly found with methamphetamine under the bed of his boat.
Anthony Haritos, 63, drifted four days off the coast of the island of Sumba in Indonesia after his catamaran was damaged by a strange wave.
The Darwin businessman was sentenced to 12 years in prison under the harsh drug laws of Indonesia.
Anthony Haritos (photo), 63, is said to have used the illicit means to relieve pain after falling off his catamaran, drifting off the coast of the island of Sumba in Indonesia for four days.
Haritos was arrested and charged with drug offenses after the police saw a post on social media with a man who looked like him with similar tattoos who used drugs.
His boat was searched by authorities who reportedly found 0.006 grams of methamphetamine, News Corp. Australia reported.
The 63-year-old allegedly told the police that he had bought the medicine in Bali to relieve the pain for an existing back injury.
Haritos & # 39; suffered a serious back injury after slipping on his boat during the police raid.
An ambulance brought Haritos to the Siloham hospital in Bali, near Kuta, strapped to a stretcher where he will undergo tests for his injury.
Mrs. Sienny Karmana, his lawyer, said that Haritos admitted that he owned the drugs he bought in Bali a year and a half ago.
His boat (photo) was then searched by authorities, who reportedly found 0.006 grams of methamphetamine
His lawyer said the drugs were used to treat a previous back injury he had sustained in Dili in 2003.
& # 39; He last used (the medicine) when he fell on his boat. He wanted to reduce the pain, so he used it again just before he was saved & she said.
& # 39; We still do not know how long he will be treated here (in Bali). He needs an MRI and further observation. & # 39;
Haritos sailed from Australia to Rote – an island in Indonesia – when bad weather damaged the boat.
The police claim that Haritos has been tested positive for methamphetamine.
Haritos is director of an international school in Dili, East Timor and director of shipping company Haritos Shipping.
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