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Australian tourist Troy Smith rushed to hospital after being held in custody on drugs charges

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Australian tourist Troy Smith rushed to hospital after being held in custody on drugs charges

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An Australian detained in Bali after allegedly being caught with methamphetamine has been rushed to hospital.

Troy Smith, from Port Lincoln in South Australia, was arrested on the Indonesian island while on holiday with his wife. It is alleged Mr Smith was carrying 3.5g of methamphetamine.

His lawyer, Sienny Karmana, said that Smith tried to escape because he was scared.

Initially thought to be facing a 12-year maximum sentence for possession, Mr Smith is now also charged with drug trafficking, which could lead to a life sentence and a fine of $944,860.

“Police said that he tried to run away, but police got him back. They fired shots into the air, he was surprised and then he fell down and then police got him,” she said.

He was taken to Bhayangkara Hospital from the Bali police headquarters where he was being held on Monday afternoon local time.

Ms Karmana revealed only that he was “sick”.

“Troy said he was not ready to speak to the media,” she said.

“He’s OK, mentally it’s like he’s breaking down … but physically he can endure this.”

Another of Mr Smith’s lawyers, Ida Bagus Gumilang Galih Sakti, said he was hoping to get him sent to a rehabilitation facility.

“I heard from Troy… that this was a present, because the sender knew that he was a user,” Mr Sakti said.

Mr Sakti said that Mr Smith was “very depressed and sorry” after being detained.

“When people get caught by police in another country, they will sulk… and he’s quite depressed at the moment,” Mr Sakti said.

Police allegedly discovered drugs on the bed of his hotel room, along with a brown envelope and a package that was sent from an address in Cairns addressed to Mr Smith.

The landlord of the property said Mr Smith lived at the address listed on the package but “did not spend much time there”.

“He kept very much to himself. He had a couple of people come visit even in the evening and that was it, he was very quiet,” Mr Kirko said via The Advertiser.

“From the few words I had with him I regarded him as a respectable man. He kept to himself, he didn’t cause anybody any harm or difficulties of any way shape or form.

“I regarded him as a nice bloke, I didn’t think of him as a drug addict.”

More to follow.

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