News, Culture & Society

Bali arrests: Australian nightclub promoters in custody over ‘links to cocaine trafficking ring’ 

Two Australian nightclub promoters are arrested in Bali over alleged links to a ‘major cocaine trafficking ring’

  • David Van Iersel, 38, and William Cabantog, 35, are reportedly in custody in Bali 
  • Comes after police raids on Saturday in the tourist hotspot of Canggu
  • Mr Cabantog’s father said he didn’t know his son had been arrested 

Two Australians have been arrested in Bali amid reported links to an alleged cocaine trafficking operation.

David Van Iersel, 38, and William Cabantog, 35, are in custody following police raids on Saturday in the tourist hotspot Canggu, according to various media reports.

Mr Cabantog’s father told the Herald Sun he didn’t know his son had been arrested. 

‘We haven’t heard any news about him. We don’t know anything yet… somebody is trying to contact him. As of now, we don’t know anything,’ he said. 

William Cabantog (pictured) is in custody following police raids on Saturday in the tourist hotspot Canggu

Mr Van Iersel’s father also told the paper he ‘doesn’t know anything’ about the arrests.  

In a statement issued on Monday the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed two Australians were arrested. 

‘We stand ready to offer consular assistance … should they request it,’ the statement read. 

Indonesian media reports say that charges are yet to be laid and investigations are continuing.

Both men are understood to be well-known in the Melbourne nightclub scene, having managed numerous venues across the city.  

Both men (pictured, David Van Iersel) are understood to be well-known in the Melbourne nightclub scene, having managed numerous venues across the city

Both men (pictured, David Van Iersel) are understood to be well-known in the Melbourne nightclub scene, having managed numerous venues across the city

 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk