Former police community support officer faces death by firing squad after being 'caught smuggling £3,000 of crystal meth in Indonesia'
Andrea Waldeck, an ex-PCSO, could become second British woman facing execution in Indonesia after Lindsay Sandiford was sentenced in January
A former police community support officer faces death by firing squad in Indonesia after allegedly smuggling £3,000 of crystal meth into the country.
Prosecutors say Andrea Waldeck was arrested after detectives found large quantities of the drug taped to her stomach while conducting a search of her hotel room following a tipoff.
The 43-year-old is believed to have admitted possessing the package of drugs but claims she had been forced to smuggle it into Indonesia by her boyfriend, who she says she has been living with in the Chinese city of Dongguan.
Waldeck, who left her job as a police community support officer last year, is believed to have evaded security officials at Juanda Airport by hiding four packages of crystal meth, weighing a total of 3lb, in her underwear.
The arrest, which took place in April this year, only occurred after an informant suggested officers would find Waldeck and a large quantity of crystal meth at her hotel room in Surabaya – Indonesia’s second city.
Officers then raided the Waldeck’s room after she allegedly rang an associate in China to arrange for somebody to collect the drugs.
Waldeck, who was declared bankrupt in 2009, previously lived and worked in Cheltenham, but left Gloucestershire Police in February 2012.
On the opening day of her trial, which began this week, prosecuting lawyer Deddy Agus Aktavianto said he would be pressing for the death penalty if Waldeck is convicted due to the quantity of drugs she is accused of trafficking.
If found guilty, Waldeck will become the second British woman in Indonesia facing death by firing squad after grandmother Lindsay Sandiford was sentenced to death for smuggling £1.6 million of cocaine in her suitcase.
The British Embassy in Indonesia say they have been aware of Waldeck’s case since shortly after her arrest and have provided consular assistance since.
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