Australian Drug Smuggler Returns to Hometown From Bali Jail

A teary and largely silent convicted Australian drug mule returned to her hometown on Thursday, hours after she was deported from the Indonesian tourist island of Bali, where she had served nearly 14 years in prison for smuggling heroin.    Renae Lawrence was the only woman among nine Australians who were arrested in 2005 for attempting to smuggle 8.3 kilograms (18.3 pounds) of heroin from Bali to Australia.    Lawrence, 41, wearing black sunglasses and a black T-shirt, was escorted Wednesday afternoon through a crush of reporters outside Bangli prison on Bali into a waiting car. She made no comment.  'Very overwhelming'   She faced a throng of reporters when she and her mother, Beverley Waterman, landed at Australia's Brisbane Airport, from where they took a domestic flight to their hometown of Newcastle. Lawrence faces potential arrest in Newcastle on outstanding warrants that predate her ill-fated journey to Bali.    Asked by reporters in Brisbane if she wanted to comment on her return to Australia, Lawrence looked teary-eyed and declined. Her mother explained: "It's very overwhelming.''    Asked later if she had anything to say, Lawrence told reporters in the Bahasa Indonesia language: "Thanks to the government of Indonesia. That's it.''    Lawrence faces potential arrest in Newcastle on warrants including one that alleges the former auto body repair person was involved in a high-speed police chase in a stolen car a month before her arrest in Bali in April 2005.    New South Wales Police Commissioner Mick Fuller had indicated a deal with Lawrence's lawyers to hand herself in to police was more likely than her being arrested at Newcastle Airport.    "From our perspective, we will make a time reasonable with her legal team to bring her in to have those warrants satisfied,'' Fuller told reporters Tuesday.    Lawrence was again surrounded... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Australian Drug Smuggler Returns to Hometown From Bali Jail, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Australian Drug Smuggler Returns to Hometown From Bali Jail





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Published By: VOA NEWS - Wednesday, 21 November



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