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Andrea Waldeck: Indonesia drug smuggler could get 16 years

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Media caption"As soon as she was arrested, they said she co-operated", reports Alice Budisatrijo

A British woman who admitted trafficking 1.4kg (3lb) of crystal methamphetamine into Indonesia could be given a 16-year jail sentence.

Andrea Waldeck, from Gloucestershire, had faced a possible death sentence following her arrest at a hotel in East Java, in April.

Prosecutors called for the jail term and a $200,000 fine for the former police community support officer.

Waldeck had waited three weeks to hear what sentence she was likely to face.

She could have been sentenced to death because of the type and quantity of drugs involved.

Indonesia has some of the toughest anti-drug laws in the world, but death sentences are rarely carried out, said the BBC's Jonah Fisher in Bangkok.

Gloucestershire Police said the former community support officer, originally from Talgarth, Powys, left the force in February 2012.

The case comes as another British woman, Lindsay Sandiford, continues to fight against her death sentence for smuggling 4.8kg (10.6lb) of cocaine into the Indonesian island of Bali.

The 57-year-old, from Cheltenham, lost her latest appeal in August and is now pursuing other legal avenues.

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