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Queensland man living in Bali arrested for cocaine possession after police raid

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is providing consular assistance to a Queensland man who has been arrested for cocaine possession in Bali.

Bali police have alleged Brendon Luke Johnsson, 43, was selling drugs as well as using them himself.

He was with his Indonesian girlfriend at a boarding house in Kuta last Saturday when Indonesian police raided the property.

The authorities allege they found almost 12 grams of cocaine, worth about $3,000, packed into several small plastic bags under floor boards at the residence.

Mr Johnsson was filmed by local media in police custody wearing a detainee uniform and a balaclava.

There has been some confusion of Mr Johnsson’s first name, with the Chief of Denpasar District Police Hadi Purnomo referring to him as “Brandon”.

However, the ABC understands his name is Brendon.

“Brandon is an Australian citizen who had been living in Bali for four years and worked as a designer and architect,” Police Chief Purnomo said.

“He has been using drugs for five years.

“Due to high demand, Brandon wanted to expand his business by selling drugs.”

It is understood Mr Johnsson originally lived on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

If found guilty, he faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison under Indonesian law.

ABC/AP

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