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Indonesia sentences Briton to 14 years for drugs

January 22, 2014

SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court sentenced a British woman to 14 years in jail on Wednesday after finding her guilty of drug smuggling.

The Surabaya District Court also ordered Andrea Ruth Waldeck to pay a fine of $167,000.

Waldeck, a 43-year-old teacher from southern England, was arrested last April after authorities reportedly found 1.4 kilograms (3.25 pounds) of methamphetamine in her hotel room in Surabaya, the capital of East Java province. She told authorities she had been asked by her boyfriend, who lives in China, to take the drugs to a man in Indonesia.

Indonesia has strict drug laws. Most of the more than 40 foreigners on death row were convicted on drug charges.

In August, the Supreme Court upheld a death sentence for Lindsay Sandiford, a British woman who was convicted of smuggling 3.8 kilograms (8.4 pounds) of cocaine into the resort island of Bali.

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