New Zealand man caught with prescription drugs in Bali may be released

An intellectually disabled Kiwi man who was stopped in Bali with a huge stash of medications is expected to be released tonight. Thomas Michael Daly, 38, a furniture removal worker from Whangarei, has the intellectual ability of a 10-year-old child.

Indonesian Customs officers found 5000 prescription medicine tablets during routine luggage X-rays last Friday when he arrived in Bali. The stash included more than 1400 sleeping tablets.

Police later found 4950 prescription pills separated into individual zip-locked bags.

They immediately suspected he was smuggling and took him into custody. Indonesian police have said the almost 3kg drug haul is the biggest seizure in the island’s history.

Australian security consultant John McLeod has since been working on Daly’s behalf, saying Daly suffered from schizophrenia, diabetes and kidney failure. He told Newstalk ZB he believed authorities were now convinced the New Zealander was genuine.

McLeod hoped to secure Daly’s release at a hearing overnight.