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Australian men held on drug accusations in Bali

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Bali police officers escort Australian national David van Iersel to a media conference on Tuesday. Photo: AAP
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Two former Melbourne nightclub promoters are facing up to 12 years in a cramped Indonesian prison for allegedly running a cocaine trafficking ring.

Australians William Cabantog, 36, and David Van Iersel, 38, were arrested on Saturday at Lost City nightclub, where one of the men was working.

Acting on a tip-off, Bali police raided homes and nightclubs in the resort village of Canggu, locating 1.12 grams of cocaine in the pockets of one of the men, as well as drug equipment.

Police are also searching for a third suspect, who they believe sold two grams of cocaine to Cabantog and Van Iersel for $AU300.

In a stark contrast to their former lives of lapping up media attention and wooing celebrities, Cabantog and Van Iersel refused to answer questions from journalists as they were paraded in front of media on Tuesday morning.

Ex-nightclub promoter William Cabantog pictured with media veteran Eddie McGuire. Photo: Instagram

Nine News posted footage on Twitter of the two men, clad in orange prison clothes and wearing handcuffs and foot shackles.

Both men shielded their faces.

Footage was also posted of cocaine and scales police will use as evidence against the men.

Police chief Ruddi Setiawan laid out the drugs charges as the two men were paraded on Tuesday. He said they had been caught with 1.12 grams of cocaine when police raided the Lost City Bali nightclub early on Friday morning.

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed the arrests in a statement on Monday.

“We stand ready to offer consular assistance … should they request it,” the statement said.

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William Cabantog was also arrested in Saturday’s raids. Photo: AAP

Mr Cabantog was a Melbourne nightclub promoter before moving to Bali. His Instagram account shows him dining and swimming with friends in Indonesia during the past year.

“So blessed to live in paradise and to have my friends to experience this beautiful island together,” he posted last month.

The Nine newspapers are reporting that a third Melbourne nightclub figure fled to Singapore after receiving a tip-off before his apartment was raided by police.

They also say that up to a dozen other foreign tourists, including Australian nationals, are implicated in the investigation.

-with AAP