Inspection officers in one of the land border ports of Abu Dhabi, foiled the attempt of smuggling the drugs after smugglers concealed them in transportation means in professional ways while crossing the land border port.
The Dubai Criminal Court sentenced an Arab national to 5 years in jail and fined him Dhs50,000, on charges of possessing and abusing narcotic substances and facilitating the abuse to others.
In a proactive operation within the ongoing efforts to enhance the security and safety of the community, the Abu Dhabi Police arrested two Arabs on the charge of attempting to smuggle narcotic pills into a neighbouring country.
In an operation dubbed “Double Strike,” Sea Customs Centers Management at Dubai Customs thwarted the smuggling of 32.8 million narcotic pills, which were hidden in a shipment coming from an Asian country.
Arrested red-handed in his home, the defendant was referred to the Dubai Public Prosecution and from there to the Dubai Misdemeanour Court, which sentenced him to one year in jail.
The Abu Dhabi Police General Command arrested a gang of 3 people who tried to smuggle 2.25m tablets of the drug "Captagon" and hide them inside boxes containing dried apricot fruits, before proceeding to smuggle them to a neighbouring country.
According to the statistics, the Department confiscated 238 kilogrammes of drugs and 6 million narcotic pills in Dubai, constituting 36% of the total amounts seized around the UAE.
The Dubai Court of Appeal upheld a verdict issued by the Court of Misdemeanor sentencing a Gulf citizen to one year in jail for abusing heroin and various narcotic drugs obtained from a drug dealer via social media.
The narcotics were found concealed in various ways, including inside refrigerated containers, showcasing the smugglers' increasing inventiveness in their attempts to introduce these contrabands into the country.