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Kiwi on drugs charges 'innocent'

Last updated 14:57 23/02/2014
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DEEP TROUBLE: Leeza Tracey Ormsby.

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The New Zealand woman arrested on drugs charges in Bali is innocent, a man who stayed at the same villa as her has told an Australian newspaper.

Leeza Ormsby, who was born in Rotorua but lives in Sydney, faces a possible 20-year jail sentence if she is found guilty of drug possession charges after 132g of ecstasy and 27g of hashish were allegedly found in a villa to which she held the keys.

Azaria Byrne, of Sydney band THE ART, had rented the Askara Villas in Kuta for three nights but left after two nights, handing the keys to friends, he told the Sunday Telegraph.

The next day Bali police raided the villa and found the drugs, arresting Ormsby.

Byrne said he met Ormsby for the first time at a dinner on his last night in Bali.

"I think she's innocent," Byrne told the newspaper.

"As far I know, no one I spent time with on the trip had drugs or would be involved in something like this."

Ormsby, 37, told police there had been a party at the villa in the days before her arrest, but her five friends had since left Bali.

Indonesian police are understood to be continuing their search for people they believe were involved in the drug scandal.

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