A British man charged with possessing a small packet of cocaine will post bail on Thursday after spending nine days in a Singapore jail, his lawyer said. Singapore authorities last week arrested Jason Taylor, 33, together with a dozen other foreigners suspected of involvement in a drug ring.
Taylor could be imprisoned for up to 10 years if convicted. Taylor, a construction supervisor, was nabbed Dec. 6 while riding in a taxi along the city-state's main shopping belt. He spent over a week in jail as he raised the bail of 20,000 Singapore dollars (US$11,990; Ђ10,010), said his lawyer Darshan Purain.
Another British man, Lionel Rudolf Zupancich, 45, a management consultant who was nabbed in the sting operation, faces up to 20 years in jail and 15 strokes of the cane if found guilty of trafficking in about 7 grams (0.25 ounces) of cocaine.
Seven Thais, a Malaysian, a Japanese, and a Singaporean were also arrested in the anti-drug operation. Singapore has some of the world's toughest drug laws, including a mandatory death penalty for anyone caught with more than a half-ounce of heroin or more than 17.6 ounces of marijuana, reports the AP. I.L.
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