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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police say a 14-year-old Australian boy in custody for alleged marijuana possession will likely avoid a prison sentence.

The boy, who cannot be identified under Indonesian law, has been held in a police cell since Oct. 4 when he allegedly bought a quarter of an ounce (7 grams) of marijuana on the tourist island of Bali. He faces up to six years’ imprisonment.

But Bali drug squad chief Col. Mulyadi, who uses a single name, said Monday the suspect will likely be charged under a section of the narcotic law that does not carry a prison sentence "since he is still a boy and user."

The section allows drug users caught with small quantities of marijuana to be released by a judge for rehabilitation without serving a prison sentence.

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