Regular Bay DJ on Bali charges

By HELEN JACK

A DJ well-known in Byron Bay has been arrested on drugs charges in Bali.

Nicholas Bernard Taylor, 41, of Sydney, but who regularly performs on the Far North Coast, was detained by authorities in Denpasar on June 10 for alleged narcotics-related offences.

A Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman said yesterday Taylor was among three people arrested on suspicion of possessing a small amount of hashish, heroin and cocaine.

He was arrested on Sunday night after police raided a party at a private villa in Kerobokan.

The spokesman said Taylor had received a visit from Australian consular officials to offer their assistance.

"The local embassy will do what they can to see he is treated as fairly and quickly as possible," he said.

Taylor works regularly in nightclubs around Byron Bay, often playing venues with local DJs.

Those arrested included Andrea Baldino, who is believed to own the villa where the arrests took place.

Also arrested was a Belgian man Jean Francois Brouck.

He is reported to be a chef at the Viceroy Hotel's Cascades Restaurant in Ubud.

The men were scheduled to be interrogated by police yesterday before a decision on which charges they may face will be made.

But officials say it is in fact too early to say if charges will be laid.

Taylor was at the private villa in Kerobokan attending a party when the police raid took place.

It is claimed that during the raid partygoers threw drugs into the swimming pool and also flushed them down the toilet.

Taylor was visiting Bali to perform at the Club 66 nightclub at Legian over the weekend.

Friends of Taylor were unable to be contacted last night.



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