A Western Australian man has been arrested for trying to smuggle marijuana in socks through Denpasar Airport in Bali.
Indonesian authorities allegedly caught Robert Paul McJannett, 48, with two grams of marijuana rolled up in a pair of socks in his luggage.
McJannett, a crane operator, was detained after arriving in Bali with his 21-year-old son on a Virgin Blue flight from Perth on Monday night.
McJannett was an unsuccessful candidate in the 2005 Redcliffe by-election, where he ran as an independent.
He has also been involved in a legal battle before the WA Industrial Relations Commission over his attempt to gain a top position within the CFMEU.
McJannett stood against the union’s assistant state secretary Joe McDonald twice but lost both elections.
Provincial police anti-narcotics head Kokot Indarto said, “He put the marijuana in his socks, rolled them up and then wrapped it with aluminium foil.”
"Because he carried more than two grams, this could not be indicated as user’s because user’s limitation is only 0.15 grams.”
If found guilty, Robert faces up to 12 years in jail for marijuana possession and drug trafficking.
Indonesia enforces stiff penalties, including life imprisonment and death, for drug trafficking.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F