An Australian woman arrested at Bali airport and thrown in jail has revealed customs officers found the prescription medications Valium, Dexamphetamine, and Seroquel in her luggage.
Tori Ann Lyla Hunter, 25, arrived in Bali on August 6 this year and was detained in a cell for four days after authorities found the drugs in her luggage and told her they were illegal, she claims.
The Instagram model from Adelaide said she was subjected to an intense 14-hour interrogation during which police and lawyers told her she was looking at five years jail and would only be released if she paid $39,600.
Tori Ann Lyla Hunter, 25, arrived in Bali on August 6 this year and was detained in a cell for four days after authorities found the drugs in her luggage
Ms Hunter said her luggage contained the medications dexamphetamine to treat her ADHD and Valium for her anxiety and to help her sleep (stock image)
TRAVELLERS SHOULD BE AWARE OF THESE MEDICATIONS
Codeine: Commonly found in pain medicine such as Nurofen Plus.
Opiods: Such as oxycodone or morphine.
Pseudoephedrine: A stimulant found in over-the-counter cold tablets.
Dexamphetamine: Found in ADHD medications.
Benzodiazepines: Including Valium and Xanax.
Ms Hunter explained to Daily Mail Australia she had valid prescriptions for the medications; using Dexamphetamine to treat her ADHD and Valium for her anxiety and to help her sleep.
She also had Seroquel to treat her depression related to bi-polar disorder and for the management of borderline personality disorder.
Ms Hunter said she was also carrying a doctor’s certificate explaining what medications she was carrying, the reasons for taking them, and the dosage she required.
She claims authorities told her the medications were ‘Class A’ drugs in Indonesia.
Ms Hunter is now back in Australia after her grandparents wired her nearly $40,000 she claims she paid to Indonesian authorities.
According to the government’s Smarttraveller website, some medications, even if they are prescribed by an Australian doctor, may be considered illegal or a controlled substance overseas.
‘If you’re caught with illegal medication, you can be detained, fined or face harsher penalties, even if an Australian doctor prescribed the drugs to you. This includes some medications used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder,’ the Smarttraveller website states.
Ms Hunter is now back in Australia after she claims she paid Bali authorities close to $40,000
The site advises travellers heading to Bali to contact the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra to check if their medication is illegal before they leave.
The Indonesian Embassy website advises tourists that the Embassy can issue a letter ‘informing that an individual is taking medication while travelling to Indonesia’ but warns this is not a legal document.
‘The letter is neither for legality purpose nor providing guarantee that you will be exempted from any checks and legal consequences that may arise.’ the Embassy website states.
‘It will only provide information to Indonesian authorities that an individual is under medication based on the letter of a doctor and the drug prescriptions.’
‘Please make sure that the medicines are in original packaging and within the reasonable amount considering the length of stay in Indonesia.’
Ms Hunter was also carrying the anti-psychotic Seroquel in her luggage (stock image)
TRAVELLING WITH PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS TO BALI
Contact the Indonesian Embassy to find out if your medication is illegal.
Obtain a letter from the Indonesian embassy by filling out the form on their website.
Return the form with a doctor’s letter and a copy of the prescription that have both been certified by a Justice of the Peace.
Include a receipt from the pharmacy and copies of your flight itinerary and passport.
Keep the letter with the medicines.
Only pack enough medication to last you personally for your stay.
Keep the medicines in the original packaging.