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Indonesia sentences New Zealand woman to 30 months for drugs

  • New Zealand's Myra Lynne Williams, right, escorted by Indonesia prisoner to a courtroom during her verdict trial in Bali, Indonesia, Thursday, April 13, 2017. Indonesian judges sentenced Williams two years and six months in prison on allegations of attempting to smuggle methamphetamine into the tourist island of Bali. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

    New Zealand's Myra Lynne Williams, right, escorted by Indonesia prisoner to a courtroom during her verdict trial in Bali, Indonesia, Thursday, April 13, 2017. Indonesian judges sentenced Williams two years and six months in prison on allegations of attempting to smuggle methamphetamine into the tourist island of Bali. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)  (The Associated Press)

  • New Zealand's Myra Lynne Williams, center, walks upon her arrival at Denpasar district court for her verdict trial in Bali, Indonesia, Thursday, April 13, 2017. Indonesian authorities arrested Williams in September 2016 on allegations of attempting to smuggle methamphetamine into the tourist island of Bali. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

    New Zealand's Myra Lynne Williams, center, walks upon her arrival at Denpasar district court for her verdict trial in Bali, Indonesia, Thursday, April 13, 2017. Indonesian authorities arrested Williams in September 2016 on allegations of attempting to smuggle methamphetamine into the tourist island of Bali. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)  (The Associated Press)

  • New Zealand's Myra Lynne Williams, left, waits in a cell before her verdict trial in Bali, Indonesia, Thursday, April 13, 2017. Indonesian authorities arrested Williams in September 2016 on allegations of attempting to smuggle methamphetamine into the tourist island of Bali. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

    New Zealand's Myra Lynne Williams, left, waits in a cell before her verdict trial in Bali, Indonesia, Thursday, April 13, 2017. Indonesian authorities arrested Williams in September 2016 on allegations of attempting to smuggle methamphetamine into the tourist island of Bali. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)  (The Associated Press)

An Indonesian court has sentenced a New Zealand woman to 2 ½ years in jail for possessing methamphetamine.

The Denpasar District Court made the ruling against Myra Lynne Williams on Thursday. The 28-year-old was arrested last August last year when customs and narcotics agency officers confiscated 0.43 grams of crystal methamphetamine upon her arrival at Bali's airport from Melbourne.

Indonesia has very strict drug laws and convicted traffickers are often executed by firing squad. More than 150 people are on death row, mostly for drug crimes and about a third of them are foreigners.

Eighteen people convicted of drug-related offenses have been executed under the current administration of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.