Posted: 23 November, 2016
Mates Say Perth Teen Facing Drugs Charges In Bali Was "Set Up"
The 18-year-old is yet to be arrested or charged
A Perth teenager could face a lengthy prison sentence in Bali, after allegedly being found with a 'white powder' while partying with friends at a Kuta nightclub.
Local police say 18-year-old Jamie Murphy will remain in custody as the suspected drug is tested, they believe it may be cocaine.
Murphy is yet to be formally arrested or charged, under Indonesian law a person can be held for up to three days while an investigation is completed.
The teen was stopped while trying to gain entry to the popular Skygarden on Monday night, when the club's security allegedly found a plastic satchel in his bumbag, containing the suspicious 'white powder'.
Murphy's friends have jumped to his defence, claiming there is footage of the search that shows he was "set up".
They believe a bouncer at the club tried to slip the substance into his bag.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said DFAT are providing assistance.
"Our consulate general in Bali has been in contact with the young man, we are arranging with visit him today," she said on Today.
"Our consulate officials from Canberra have been in touch with his family in Perth and we're providing whatever advice and support we can in these circumstances."
"This is an opportunity for me to say again, if you're travelling overseas you have to remember that once you leave Australia, you leave the Australian legal system and in the case of Indonesia, the laws can be very harsh," she said.