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NZ woman arrested after drugs found in Indonesia

Updated Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 | 11:12 p.m.

BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police say they have arrested a New Zealand woman for allegedly possessing illegal drugs in a raid on the resort island of Bali.

Chief of Bali's anti-drug police Capt. Agus Tri Waluyo said Friday that 37-year-old Leeza Tracey Ormsby was arrested on Feb. 12, after police raided a villa near popular Kuta beach where she was staying.

Police said that a marijuana cigarette and 27 grams of hashish tablets and 132 grams of MDMA, or Ecstasy pills, were found in her villa.

Police are still investigating to determine whether she was a user or a drugs dealer. Her Indonesian lawyer, Ary Soenardi, says his client was not a dealer.

Indonesia has extremely strict drug laws, and traffickers are regularly sentenced to death.