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  • Ex-Gloucestershire community policewoman  Andrea Waldeck is facing execution for smuggling drugs into  Indonesia
  • She was arrested in April after tip off  to police
  • The 43-year-old has revealed she could  not bear to let loved ones in Britain find out she may face the firing  squad

A former community policewoman facing  execution for smuggling drugs into Indonesia has revealed how she tried to stop  friends and family in Britain discovering she may face the firing  squad.

Speaking exclusively to The Mail on Sunday  inside one of Indonesia’s toughest jails, Andrea Waldeck, 43, said she had been  so appalled at her plight, she could not bear to let loved ones find  out.

Only close family members were told of her  arrest and many friends only found out the truth when she appeared in court in  Indonesia’s second largest city Surabaya last week, where prosecutors announced  she faced a possible death penalty.

Jailed: Ex-policewoman Andrea Waldeck (left), 43, is facing execution for smuggling drugs into Indonesia. Above, she is pictured with prison guard Eru inside Medaeng Prison in SurabayaJailed: Former community policewoman Andrea Waldeck  (left) is facing execution for smuggling drugs into Indonesia. Above, she is  pictured with prison guard Eru inside Medaeng Prison in Surabaya

 

Waldeck is charged with smuggling 3lb of  methamphetamine – known as crystal meth – with a street value of about £100,000  on a flight from China to Surabaya in April.

The former Gloucestershire community  policewoman and youth worker once gave teenagers advice on staying away from  drugs.

But she is believed to have fallen into the  clutches of an international drug-smuggling syndicate after leaving the UK to  teach English in China.

In signed statements to police, Waldeck  admits smuggling the crystal meth from Guangzhou, China, where she said she was  promised £3,100 by a British man she named only as Joe in return for being a  mule.

But police were tipped off and put her under  surveillance when she arrived alone and checked into Hotel 88 in the city centre  on April 28.

They pounced after she took a call from Joe  in China the next day with instructions on who to pass the drugs to.

Andrea Waldeck worked as a PCSO for Gloucestershire Constabulary until she left the force in February 2012
Service: The 43-year-old worked as a PCSO for Gloucestershire Constabulary until she left the force in February 2012

Service: The 43-year-old worked as a PCSO for  Gloucestershire Constabulary until she left the force in February 2012

 

Officers burst into her room, strip-searched  her and found the bags of crystal meth hidden in her bra and underwear and taped  to her waist.

Waldeck said she had been desperate to keep  her situation secret.

‘It wasn’t too difficult at first because I’d  been living in China for a year before this happened,’ she said, speaking in the  stifling heat of the visitors’ enclosure at Surabaya’s Medaeng  prison.

 

‘I didn’t want my family and friends to find  out what had happened. I didn’t contact them or let them know for a long time.  But in the end it had to come out.’

Waldeck said she was already reconciled to  the fact she might face the death penalty.

‘I’ve known for some time that the offences  I’m charged with carry that sentence so it didn’t come as a surprise when it was  raised in court,’ she said.

Asked how she felt about the prospect of  death, she smiled and replied: ‘I’m not a conventional person. I can’t say any  more about it than that.’

Wearing an orange prison jacket over her  jeans and polo shirt, Waldeck refused to say whether she will plead guilty,  although she insisted the outline of the case presented in court last week was  ‘bull****’.

She said she hoped to have an opportunity to  speak out in court. Her next appearance is on Tuesday and prosecutors expect her  to be convicted and sentenced within two months.

Drugs: Waldeck is charged with smuggling 3lb of methamphetamine ¿ known as 'crystal meth' (pictured) ¿ with a street value of about £100,000 on a flight from China to Surabaya in AprilDrugs: Waldeck is charged with smuggling 3lb of  methamphetamine ¿ known as ‘crystal meth’ (pictured) ¿ with a street value of  about £100,000 on a flight from China to Surabaya in April

 

‘I want to write a book about my  experiences  here,’ she said. ‘I don’t want anyone else to have to go  through what I’ve been  through.’

 

After her arrest, Waldeck  co-operated with  police in a double sting, first meeting a contact who  was arrested as he  arrived to collect the drugs from her hotel, and then flying under police guard  with the other suspect to the capital  Jakarta.

There, on May 2, Waldeck and the other  suspect took part in a further sting, meeting another of the drug syndicate’s  members in a Jakarta street where he was arrested after they passed the drugs on  to him.

Prosecutor Deddy Agus Oktavianto said  Waldeck’s co-operation might save her from the firing squad.

Last month, Indonesia's Supreme Court upheld the death sentence for grandmother Lindsay SandifordLast month, Indonesia’s Supreme Court upheld the death  sentence for grandmother Lindsay Sandiford

 

But her case mirrors that of Lindsay  Sandiford, the British grandmother on death row in Bali for smuggling cocaine in  2012, despite co-operating with a police sting.

Waldeck was transferred to   chronically-overcrowded Medaeng prison a month ago, after spending the  first  four months after her arrest in police cells in Jakarta.

She is the only Western prisoner in Medaeng  prison, where she shares a cramped cell with 16 other women.

She seeks solace through the 150-strong  Christian community inside the prison, attending services in a church within the  grounds.

‘She comes to church every day and it gives  her strength,’ said a Christian guard who has befriended her. ‘Andrea is  heartbroken over what her friend in China did to her.’

The suspects arrested in the stings Waldeck  helped with – Indonesians Bayu Pracana and Hendrick Lesmana – are awaiting  separate trial.

Waldeck is originally from Rustington, West  Sussex, but later moved to Brecon in Wales, where her brother Mark still  lives.

Her mother Sue Barrett, 64, from Hereford,  said her family and Waldeck are being helped by the legal action charity  Reprieve. When news of Waldeck’s arrest broke last week, friends in England were  stunned.

The wife of a police community support  officer who worked alongside Waldeck described her an ‘intelligent and  conscientious’ woman who devoted her former police career to helping youngsters  recognise the dangers of drug use.

Sue Bennett, whose husband Ken regularly  patrolled the Cheltenham beat with Waldeck, said: ‘The idea she could be  involved in something like this is totally out of character.

‘The Andrea we knew went out of her way to  help youngsters and actively discouraged them from drugs.’

 

 

 

 

 

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