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PCSO Andrea Waldeck from Gloucester facing 16 years in jail in Indonesia for drug smuggling

By Michael_Yong  |  Posted: December 17, 2013

PCSO Andrea Waldeck

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Former Gloucestershire PCSO Andrea Waldeck, from Linden, is facing up to 16 years in prison for smuggling drugs into Indonesia.

Prosecutors demanded the jail term yesterday as Waldeck, 43, appeared before Surabaya District Court.

The former police worker, who lived in the town until last year, admitted earlier this year to trafficking 3lb of crystal methamphetamine into Indonesia in April.

The drugs had been found in black bags, hidden among her underwear in her hotel room in Surabaya, the capital of the East Java province.

Waldeck, who also lived in Rusington, West Sussex, faced the death penalty, the court had heard earlier in the year.

She said she was asked by her boyfriend, who lives in China, to take the drugs to a man in Indonesia.

In addition to the 16 year jail term, prosecutors asked for a two billion rupiah fine – about £100,000.

If she failed to the fine, she could face an additional six months in jail, it was reported yesterday.

The case has now been adjourned until January 6, when Waldeck will be able to speak in hope of reducing the potential sentence.

She left her job with Gloucestershire Police in February last year.

During her time in Cheltenham, she served as a community support officer in Up Hatherley, where she regularly worked with young people in the area.

Facebook messages in July said she was sorry for disappointing her friends and family, and that their support “means the world” to her.

In an interview in September this year, she said she had tried to keep her plight from her close friends in the UK because she could not come to terms with her situation.

She added she wanted to write a book about her experience while being held in an Indonesian cell.

In August this year, Lindsay Sandiford, also from Cheltenham, lost her appeal against the death sentence for trafficking drugs into the resort island of Bali.

A three-judge panel at the Supreme Court in Jakarta had rejected her appeal after Bali’s Denpasar district court passed the sentence.

The 57-year-old will face death by firing squad, after being found with about 10.6lb of cocaine in her suitcase while travelling from Thailand.

She was part of a drugs-importing ring involving three other Britons.

Sandiford denies all allegations, saying she was forced to transport the drugs to protect her children.

Under Indonesian law, she can still seek a judicial review before appealing for a presidential pardon.

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  • Walker100b  |  December 17 2013, 1:09AM

    "PCSO Andrea Waldeck from Gloucester facing 16 years in jail in Indonesia for drug smuggling" . . . . . . GOOD!

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  • dcfc79  |  December 16 2013, 8:27PM

    They knew what they were doing ( or didnt whichever way you look at it), I cant see how they thought they would get away with it.

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  • Aletheia  |  December 16 2013, 6:49PM

    I have no sympathy for either of these women. Greed spurred them on to try and smuggle illegal drigs that destroys people's lives. If the penalty they get means that their life is destroyed then I think that that is rather fitting.

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