A student is locked up in Bali on suspicion of drug possession after being detained as he tried to enter a popular Kuta nightclub.

Jamie Murphy, 18, of Perth, who arrived in Bali on Sunday, was arrested outside the Skygardens nightclub by security and handed over to a nearby police post.

He is spending his second night in an office of the Kuta police station and has yet to be officially interrogated. He now faces a nervous wait to find out if he will be named as a suspect and charged.

Jamie Murphy being checked by security at the night club in Katu, Bali. Photo / Channel 9
Jamie Murphy being checked by security at the night club in Katu, Bali. Photo / Channel 9

Two lawyers from local firm Vidhi Law Firm, who have been signed up to represent him, visited Murphy at the police station.

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After the visit one of the lawyers, who did not want to give her name, said that Murphy had told her the white powder was not his and that he had not purchased it.

But police sources told News Corporation he admitted to buying the white powder, which is still being tested by the forensics laboratory, from a local on the street in Legian. He was alone at the time of his arrest, about 1am, and no family has visited him at the police station.

Police sources have confirmed the net weight of the white powder is 1.46 grams. The total weight, including the bag, is 1.69 grams.

Friends claim teen set-up

Angry friends of Murphy claim the teenager has been set up.

Taking to social media Ty Airey wrote, "A big f--- you to the Australian media, you can clearly see the cocaine in the security's hand BEFORE he even opened up the bag, don't drag his name through the gutter when even the video u posted has it clearly showing a set up".

Five male friends of Murphy have visited the teen, arriving at the police station at 4.30pm local time, carrying drinks and food.

A picture posted on Facebook showing what Murphy's friends said is him being set up by bouncers who they claim planted the alleged drugs.
A picture posted on Facebook showing what Murphy's friends said is him being set up by bouncers who they claim planted the alleged drugs.

They told officers on the front desk they wanted to visit their friend.

They didn't speak to waiting media other than to confirm they were his friends. Police took them into a waiting room where they were allowed to visit the Perth teen for about 30 minutes in a room of the police station.

Family remain tight lipped on teen's arrest

Supporters of Murphy have expressed shock at his arrest and say it would be totally out of character for him to be involved in drugs.

Murphy, who turned 18 only recently is thought to have been a student at Ellenbrook Secondary College and went to Bali with mates to blow off steam after finishing year 12.

He is said to be a highly talented soccer player and a star of his team Bayswater City Soccer Club. He is thought to have caught the eye of A-League WA club Perth Glory and had a couple of try-outs.

Jamie Murphy originally denied the powder found in his bags was his. Photo / Channel 9
Jamie Murphy originally denied the powder found in his bags was his. Photo / Channel 9

The president of the Bayswater City Soccer Club Gerry Maio said Murphy was a talented player who had "a couple of trials" with Perth Glory.

"He's well and truly an athlete," he said.

Mr Maio said Jamie was well liked and respected by his teammates.

"We are talking about a decent human being here ... a champion athlete."

At his home in the eastern Perth suburb of Ellenbrook, his family were tight-lipped, no doubt warned by Australian diplomats not to talk to the media for fear of complicating his case.

But his brother told Seven news the family is working with the Australian embassy in Indonesia and it was a "difficult time" for them.

Locals say Jamie is the younger of two brothers. His father Brendan is thought to be an English-born chef who runs a cooking school and online business under the name Chef Explorer.

Neighbours said Jamie and his brother Liam were well known in the area and were known to like a party.

Like other young men his age, Jamie's Facebook page is full of pictures taken in happier times of lively looking parties with mates.

Murphy could face 12 years behind bars

Earlier Murphy appeared dazed and surprised as he was lead out of the police station and into a bank of media cameras, asking the police: "What's this? What is the fuss?"

If the white powder is confirmed as drugs Murphy could face serious consequences. The maximum penalty for drug possession under five grams, is 12 years in jail.

Indonesia treats drug offenders harshly and even small amounts can earn months and years behind bars in Kerobokan prison.

Jamie Murphy was escorted to the prison by police in Kuta, Bali. Photo / Channel 9
Jamie Murphy was escorted to the prison by police in Kuta, Bali. Photo / Channel 9

Kuta police chief Wayan Sumara said the teenager had not yet been officially interrogated and stressed there was no result yet to prove the powder was drugs.

He said the powder was yet to be tested by the police forensic laboratory and this could take several days, during which time Murphy would remain detained in the police station.

Under Indonesian narcotics laws, police can hold a person in custody for three days before naming them a suspect and then, if needed, can extend for a further three days.

Murphy was taken for blood and urine tests to determine if he tests positive to drug use. Under Indonesian law, drug users are treated more leniently than dealers and sellers.

Teen nabbed at popular nightclub

Police said that Murphy was arrested after security officers checked his Billabong bumbag at the entrance of the popular Skygardens nightclub and allegedly found the white powder inside a small plastic bag, along with a mobile phone, an ATM card and a hotel room key.

Sumara said that about 1am local time security officers at the Skygarden nightclub were checking the belongings of those entering.

During his arrest, captured by Channel Nine, he protested to police and security: "It was not like that" and "It's not mine, I haven't taken it, what are you doing, it's not mine. It's not mine."

And he told police: "I don't do this s---, I only drink."

"I wouldn't do that to myself, I wouldn't do that."

At one stage, he put his head in his hands, saying "My God."

Jamie Murphy pictured on the day of his arrest with his Billabong bumbag. Photo / Instagram
Jamie Murphy pictured on the day of his arrest with his Billabong bumbag. Photo / Instagram

In the wake of the latest incident Sumara repeated again his warning for schoolies: "My message for Australians coming to visit Kuta, especially for the schoolies who come to Kuta to enjoy the nightclub or discotheque, please be careful about drugs, even if someone offer you or sell to you drugs and the material is in your hand this means you are in the criminal (case). That's why the police in Kuta will (be serious)."

His arrest comes as West Australian and Queensland schoolies celebrate schoolies week in Bali ahead of an influx of thousands of Victorian and NSW schoolies next week. And it comes only days after Kuta police warned that they would bring the full force of Indonesian law to bear on schoolies breaking the law or buying drugs.