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Sharjah Police seize 20kg of heroin worth Dhs15.2m
By Lina Abdel rahman January 04, 2018
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Sharjah: The Anti-Narcotics Department of Sharjah Police recently seized 20kg of heroin and crystal drugs worth Dhs15,270,000 and arrested 19 Asian peddlers who promoted it through social media during a seizure operation called “Coordinates.”

The suspects buried the quantity of the substances in the desert and shot pictures to identify the location and sent photographs of the location to the buyers.

The suspects, aged between 20 and 43 years, were arrested from various industrial areas and homes. Some of them were caught red-handed while hiding the substances in the desert.

Addressing a press conference organised by Sharjah Police at their headquarters, Brig Mohammed Rashid Al Bayat, Director of the Police Department, said that this operation was one of the biggest drug hauls of 2017, not just in terms of the size of the quantity seized, but also in terms of the number of people involved. “All the suspects are absconders, and visitors who overstayed in the country and infiltrators,” he added.

He pointed out that, to curb the spread of drugs and its smuggle, the Ministry of Interior (MOI) helped and coordinated well with the police authorities, the judicial and legislative institutions in the country, and worked hard to foil the schemes of gangs smuggling drugs into the country. The new amendment to Article 43 of the Federal Law on the Control of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances states that no criminal proceedings shall be instituted against drug abusers who surrender themselves or hand themselves over to the police. The law also urges culprits to undergo rehabilitation treatment, provided the family members keep the police in the loop.

“The amendment of these articles also includes preventive and punitive aspects,” he said.

He added that with the help and efforts of the authorities involved with the security of the country, the UAE tops the list of the safest countries in the world.

Lt.Col Majid Al Assaf, Director of Anti-Narcotics Department at Sharjah Police, said they received information from a secret source about the illegal activities. Police immediately formed a team to confirm the information. The team identified one of the suspects who was arrested red-handed with about 15 rolls of the heroin and crystals.

During interrogation, the suspect informed the police that he had obtained the quantity from his compatriot who also carried 221 rolls of the heroin and crystals that were stored in different locations. The police arrested him at his house in Sharjah where they found some of the substances and tools he used to consume them. He informed the police about the locations in the desert where he buried the drugs and revealed information about other accomplices, including the one who was guided by a trader from outside the country, regarding the procedure of sealing the deals and transferring the cash. The police team continued the search and investigation to arrest the third convict who possessed 77 rolls of the substance that were found in his home.

Finally, the team nabbed all the 19 members and busted their criminal network. They also seized 20kg of heroin and crystals of different weights and sizes, which was worth Dhs15,270,000. The team smartly explored their methods of operation and monitored their movements which kept changing constantly, in accordance with the instructions given out from traders outside the country.

Lt. Col. Jassem Al-Suwaidi, Deputy Director of Anti-Narcotics Department at Sharjah Police, said that the suspects were working covertly, hiding among the public with pseudonyms, travelling in the cities to sell and promote their venomous substances. Some of them stored the drugs in junk cars, some buried them in the sand, and some even hid them inside the engines of used cars. The police team worked day and night to break the network and arrested them one by one.

He urged the members of the community to cooperate with the police and contribute in combating this sort of scourge by contacting the anti-narcotics agencies on 8004654 or calling the Alternate Officer, Department of Narcotics Control, Sharjah Police Department on 0561188272 or email:

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