x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Appeal lost for British businessman who brought 1kg of cocaine to Dubai

Briton claimed the drugs were for personal use and not for sale, but lost appeal against life sentence.

DUBAI // A man who was found guilty of possessing and trafficking more than a kilogram of cocaine lost his appeal against a life sentence in prison.

The British man, WR, 36, denied the charge at the Dubai Criminal Court last July and said the drugs were for his own use and not, as prosecutors said, for purposes of trafficking.

WR was also charged with possessing more than 300 grams of hashish, LSD, 17 capsules of Tramadol, 25 capsules of Diazepam as well as partial capsules of other drugs.

KM, 43, an Emirati policeman, testified in prosecution records that the anti-narcotics department at Dubai Police received information about the defendant consuming and trafficking in drugs. He was arrested at his Al Barsha villa.

"Upon search, no drugs were found on him but he willingly led us to an amount of hashish in his kitchen, and other types of drugs in his bedroom" KM said.

KM said the defendant confessed to him that he brought the hashish from Oman for purposes of trafficking.

The court listened to the testimonies of witnesses and found the man guilty of all charges.

He will be deported after completing his prison term.

salamir@thenational.ae