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A Sydney woman arrested in Bali when drugs were allegedly found at her villa may have been dealing, police say.
Police say they found MDMA, marijuana and hashish at a villa in North Kuta where Leeza Tracey Ormsby, 37, was staying.
According to a police document seen by Fairfax Media, Ms Ormsby was allegedly found with a joint inside her bag.
When police later searched the villa, they say they found 27 grams of hashish and 132 grams of MDMA. An electric scale, tape and plastic wrappers were also allegedly found at the villa.
A police source said it was possible she was dealing in drugs.
“Judging from the evidence, it’s possible she’s dealing. If [she’s] just a user, why do you need a scale?” the source said.
It is understood Ms Ormsby lives in Paddington, Sydney. According to her lawyer, Ary B. Soenardi, she is unemployed and arrived in Bali just a few days before she was arrested on February 12. She was in Bali to visit a friend, he said.
Ms Ormsby, also known as Leeza Morrison, describes herself on her LinkedIn profile as a fitness trainer in the Sydney area and “owner of Shakedown street Espresso”.
Ms Ormsby, who was born in Rotorua, New Zealand, was arrested at a North Kuta village in Denpasar for possession, Denpasar drug squad chief Agus Tri Waluyo said.
Major Waluyo said police received information there would be drugs at a party in the villa.
“We made the ambush on Wednesday around 8am,” he said. “In that location, we found the evidence.”
According to a statement given to investigators, Ms Ormsby admitted that, some days before the raid, a drugs party had taken place with five of her friends, who had then returned to their home countries.
Police say Ms Ormsby has not yet been charged.
Denpasar police said on Thursday they were still investigating the origin of the drugs, if anyone else was involved and the possibility Ms Ormsby was “more than just a user”.
“No other arrest has been made other than the suspect Leeza Tracey Ormsby,” spokesman Ida Bagus Sarjana said.
The chief of police in Denpasar will hold a media conference on the arrest on Friday morning.
Indonesia is renowned for heavy penalties for drug use.
Ross Bell, from the New Zealand Drug Foundation, said it was well known that drug laws in south-east Asia were some of the toughest in the world and Indonesian laws were some of the most “draconian in that region”.
Cannabis is classed as a Group One drug in Bali, which means it is considered highly addictive and therefore dangerous.
Those found in possession of a Group One drug in Bali could receive a penalty of life imprisonment. Trafficking a Group One drug could lead to the death penalty.
Ms Ormsby was arrested only two days after convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby was released on parole after spending nine years imprisoned in Kerobokan prison.
The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade was aware of the arrest, a spokesman said.
“The consul from the New Zealand embassy in Jakarta is providing consular support and has visited the New Zealander,” he said.
The embassy’s role was to monitor her welfare and ensure that she had the same rights as other detainees in Indonesia, he said.
The ministry could not comment on the investigation or interfere in the judicial proceedings of another country.
– with Fairfax NZ and Amanda HohSiobhan Downes and Sarah HarveyA New Zealand woman has been arrested in Bali on serious drug charges. She has been named as Leeza Tracey Ormsby, 37, who was born in Rotorua. Ormsby has been resident in the Sydney suburb of Paddington for some years, Fairfax understands.Ormsby was arrested at a North Kuta village in Denpasar for possession of 159.56 grams of “shabu” or methamphetamine on February 12, Agus Tri Waluyo, head of Denpasar’s drug squad, told AAPAt a media conference, Major Waluyo said police received information there was going to be drugs at a party in the villa.”We made the ambush on Wednesday around 8am (1300 NZT),”’ he said.”In that location, we found the evidence.”From the statement given to investigators, she admitted that several days prior to the ambush, there was a drugs party along with her five other friends.”But, they’ve gone back to their country.”Police say Ormsby has not yet been charged.Seven News reporter Robert Ovadia said Ormsby was initially found with a joint containing marijuana.When Indonesian police searched the villa she was staying at, they uncovered the other drugs. “She has admitted to knowing about the initial joint but has denied any knowledge of the subsequent find,” Ovadia told Campbell Live.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade was aware of the arrest, a spokesman said. “The consul from the New Zealand Embassy in Jakarta is providing consular support and has visited the New Zealander.”The embassy’s role was to monitor the New Zealander’s welfare and ensure that they had the same rights as other detainees in Indonesia. The ministry could not comment on the investigation or interfere in the judicial proceedings of another country, he said.Indonesia is renowned for heavy penalties for drug use.Ross Bell, the executive director of the New Zealand Drug Foundation said it was well known that drug laws in Southeast Asia were some of the toughest in the world and Indonesia had some of the most “draconian in that region”.Both cannabis and methamphetamine were classed as Group One drugs in Bali which meant they were considered highly addictive and therefore dangerous. Possession of a Group One drug in Bali could receive a penalty of life imprisonment. Trafficking a Group One drug could receive the death penalty.The Indonesian government did not go softly on tourists caught with drugs as witnessed with other high profile cases.Ormsby’s arrest was only two days after the release on parole last week of Australian Schapelle Corby, who was convicted of drug smuggling in Indonesia in 2005. She spent nine years imprisoned in Bali’s Kerobokan Prison. In 2012 was granted a five-year sentence reduction.Corby maintained the drugs found in her body board bag had been planted and she unaware they were there.Her trial and conviction transfixed the Australian public.Under her parole conditions, Corby will not be able to leave Indonesia until July 2017.FAIRFAX NZ