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A Brazilian visitor, 30, tried to bring around two kilogrammes of heroin into the UAE via a UAE airport after hiding the same in the suitcase handle.
As Dubai Public Prosecution investigated the incident, a policeman from Dubai Police’s General Department of Anti-narcotics testified that the department received a tip-off that a Brazilian woman coming to the UAE from an African country would bring narcotics. The police were waiting for the arrival of the suspect. After being searched, the suspect’s suitcase was found to contain around two kilograms of heroin hidden in the suitcase’s iron handles. The suspect was remanded in custody.
Recently, the Dubai Criminal Court on Monday charged nine Asians with importing drugs in two separate cases. In the first case, seven Asians were charged with importing 72 kilograms of drugs, and in the second, two Asians illegally imported psychotropic substances in the form of medicinal slices and 74,340 prazolam tablets for peddling by hiding them in a wooden container.
According to the official records of the first case, a prosecution witness, a customs officer, testified that he was on duty in Jebel Ali Port when he suspected a container coming from an Asian country and reportedly carrying auto spare parts. Intensive investigations showed that the importer used usually to bring foodstuffs from unsuspected countries but this shipment was under suspicion for reasons related to the exporter. The shipment was put under guard until the person concerned came. The container was then inspected and the drugs were found hidden inside the auto spare parts.
In the second case, the prosecution witness, a Dubai Police officer, testified that Dubai Customs seized a huge quantity of narcotics in the form of pills hidden in a container. The clearing agent who would deliver the shipment to another emirate was summoned. He said two people would call him and tell him where to take the goods as soon as the shipment was cleared. The clearing agent was enabled to receive and transport the shipment and as soon as he arrived in the given place, an Asian came to arrange the process of unloading the container.
The Dubai Criminal Court on Sunday started hearing a case in which 3 Gulf nationals were apprehended in Al Barsha Police Station on charges of possessing 15 UAE banknotes contaminated with heroin, methamphetamine, alprazolam and pregabalin.
A Dubai Police spokesperson said, “Two British nationals were arrested for the possession of narcotics with the intent to supply. They were taken into custody and charged with possession of cannabis, pills and other items that are classified as illegal substances in the UAE.”
The defendant was working as a minor technician, who received more than 800 transfers between January and February last year, and that the account contained Dhs891,000, most of which was through cash deposits via an ATM.
The Dubai Criminal Court sentenced a Latin American woman to 10 years in jail to be followed by deportation and fined her Dhs50,000 on charges of importing 55 kilogrammes of cocaine inside her suitcase. The defendant alleged that the suitcase belonged to another person in her home country and she knew nothing about what it contained.
The police termed it as “Operation Storm” busted the largest smuggling operation of the drug Captagon in the world in an exceptional mission characterised by professionalism and careful planning.
Messina Denaro, 61, was suffering from cancer of the colon at the time of his arrest. As his condition worsened in recent weeks, he was transferred to a hospital from the maximum-security jail in central Italy where he was initially held.
Dubai Civil Defence teams were able to distinguish a fire that broke out in a residential tower located in Sport City on Monday morning. No injuries were reported, an official source confirmed.