David Van Iersel and William Cabantog arrested in Bali

Two Australian men have been shackled and paraded in front of the media by Indonesian police after being arrested in Bali amid reported links to a cocaine trafficking operation.

The men, David Van Iersel, 38 and William Cabantog, 35, were arrested on Saturday in the resort village of Canggu as numerous homes and nightclubs were raided.

Footage was posted online show the pair dressed in orange prison clothes, with their hands and feet shackled, being paraded before a media pack.

Mr Iersel hung his head while Mr Cabantog tried to hide his face in his hands.

Footage was also posted of the 1.12 grams of cocaine and scales police will use as alleged evidence against the former Melbourne nightclub promoters.

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

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

It is understood the police seized CCTV footage from one of the Canggu nightclubs where one of the men worked, along with a set of scales hidden inside a scooter.

Indonesian media reports say that charges are yet to be laid and investigations are continuing.

Mr Cabantog reportedly used to work as a manager at Eve and Boutique nightclub and Crown Casino’s Club 23 and moved to Bali last year.

Mr Van Iersel previously worked as a manager at Captain Baxter bar in St Kilda and also moved to Bali almost a year ago.

The Agehas reported several other Australians have been linked to the investigation with another Melbourne nightclub figure fleeing to Singapore before police raided his apartment.

Mr Van Iersel was seen escorted at Denpasar police station on Monday, according to the publication.

This is the station where he and Mr Cabantog are believed to have been held over the weekend.

Indonesia is known for its harsh penalties for drug offences, which were demonstrated when Bali Nine ringleaders Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan were executed in 2015.

If Mr Van Iersel and Mr Cabantog are convicted of possession they could face a maximum sentence of 12 years behind bars.

If they are found guilty of drug trafficking they could face the death penalty.

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