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American man gets life for drug smuggling in Indonesia

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Philip Russell, an American, has been found guilty of drug smuggling and been given a life sentence by an Indonesian court.

Russell was sentenced on Wednesday by the District Court in Semarang, the provincial capital of Central Java.

On Thursday, a court spokesperson said that 56-year-old Russell was arrested with seven others following a raid in January by the Narcotics Agency on a furniture workshop in the Central Java town of Jepara. Officers found 97 kilograms (214 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine hidden inside 54 electrical generators from China that were stored in the workshop. Russell was accused of financing their import.

Indonesia is known to be extremely strict with its drug laws. More than 140 people are on a death row, mostly for drug crimes. Eighteen people have been executed in the past two years for drug violations.