(CNN) – While traveling in a cab with a stranger, you would never think that your final destination would wind you up in jail. Stacey Addison, on the other hand did.
She’s an American veterinarian from Oregon, who was traveling by herself around the world since January 2013. According to the Oregonian newspaper and Addison’s Facebook page, she had traveled from Indonesia into TimorLeste on September 5, where she shared a cab with one other person from the border crossing at Batugade to the capital of Dili. From the pickup point forward, that is where everything went haywire.
The Oregonian reports that, “along the way, another passenger asked to pick up a package at a DHL office.” Police, acting on a tip from Indonesian authorities, were watching and found methamphetamine in the parcel.
Addison and everyone else in the cab were arrested.”
“I was held in Dill Detention Center for four nights then released after an initial hearing.”
Addison later released more information about her case on Facebook saying, “The judge ordered that my passport be held until further investigations have been completed.”
The Oregonian states that “Addison was conditionally released on September 9, but she was not allowed to leave the country. Prosecutors told her she was needed as a witness for an investigation that could take a year.
Recently Addison was put in jail again without any warning, while spending five days in solitary confinement. This occurred after an October 29 court appearance.
There is no say as to when Addison will be released.
Meanwhile, Addison’s mother, Bernadette Kero has started a Facebook page called PleaseHelpStacey. Kero post updates of her daughters condition, one recently stating, “Yesterday I spoke with Josh at the U.S. Embassy in Dili after his visit with Stacey at Gleno prision.
“He said that conditions are basic but decent… She is in ‘Induction’ period so alone for 5 days and her hair has been cut short per prison protocol. She will be moved to the Female Unit on Monday.
“He told me she was being strong… She (said) how difficult it was to be all alone in a small cell with nothing to do but worry all day.”
On October 19, Addison posted, “I am trying to keep busy and keep the anxiety at bay, but the uncertainty is always there. This isn’t how I imagined I would be spending my time during the trip of a lifetime. I hope it all over soon.”
By Ashia Aubrey