Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 20 June 2019

Ajman Police shut down 13 drug-peddling social media accounts

Police have an electronic patrol team who monitor social media accounts for such activities

Ajman Police closed down at least thirteen social media accounts which were being used to promote and sell drugs in the emirate.

The personal accounts were being used by drug dealers and traffickers to evade police and sell illegal substances

Police said the Anti-Narcotics Department have set-up an electronic drug control patrol team who monitor social media accounts for such activities.

The director-general of the department said the team coordinates with the UAE's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority to block and shutdown social networking sites found breaking the law.

He urged parents to monitor their children to ensure they keep off such websites and to report any suspicious sites to police.

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In August, RAK Police announced they had closed down 22 websites for the same offense.

Police e-patrols tracked down and closed the sites which were found to be advertising and selling illegal substances to young people, said Col Adnan Al Zaabi, head of anti-narcotics police.

He said the websites facilitated drug consumption and tempted young people into taking drugs by showing them different methods of ingestion.

RAK police said they will continue to vigilantly monitor the internet and urged the public to report such websites to them.

Updated: October 16, 2017 11:37 AM