x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Crystal meth 'dealer' was caught in a police sting

A Filipino advertising executive has admitted in court to taking the narcotic but denied any attempt to sell the drug.

DUBAI // A Filipino advertising executive has admitted in court to taking the narcotic crystal meth but denied any attempt to sell the drug, after he was arrested in a police sting operation. RJ, 29, was charged in the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance with possession with intent to sell 0.45 grams of crystal methamphetamine, a powerful stimulant. He was arrested on May 17 after police received a tip-off alleging RJ was attempting to sell the drug.

In the subsequent undercover operation, RJ then sold a quantity of crystal meth to the informant, court records show. Police said RJ admitted dealing the drug when he was arrested. In a subsequent confession presented to public prosecutors, R J said he purchased the drug from another man. That individual is in custody facing separate charges, according to prosecution records. RJ is alleged to have admitted in his confession that he had sold the drug on at least two previous occasions. The case was adjourned until October 3.

A Filipino man was sentenced to life in prison earlier this year after selling 0.69 grams of crystal meth. @Email:amustafa@thenational.ae