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Aussie caught with drugs faces 10 years in Bali jail

Jason McIntyre
The intention of the suspect was to have the hashish for his own use. - Bali Police Drug Squad Colonel Kokot Indarto

An Australian pearl farmer faces up to 10 years' jail after he was allegedly caught with hashish outside a Bali bar.

Jason Scott McIntyre, 33, was arrested outside Crusoes Bar in Kuta in the early hours of Monday carrying about five grams of hashish, Bali police allege.

McIntyre will be charged with drug possession, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years' jail.

"The intention of the suspect was to have the hashish for his own use," Bali Police Drug Squad Colonel Kokot Indarto said.

"The defendant has not had the chance to use it."

Charges were expected to be laid over the next few days.

An Indonesian woman from the island of Sumatra, named Lili, gave McIntyre the drugs on Sunday, Col Indarto alleged.

"According to him, he's going to marry her," he said.

Police are looking for the woman.

McIntyre is West Australian but has been living most recently in Humpty Doo, in the Northern Territory, Indarto said.

He flew into Bali from Darwin last week.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) said Australia's consulate in Bali was assisting McIntyre.

"Consular staff in Canberra are providing assistance to the man's family," she added.

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