x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 January 2018

Drug courier jailed for four years

The Iranian man trying to smuggle 80 capsules of crystal methamphetamine into the country was stopped at Dubai airport.

DUBAI // A drug courier caught at Dubai International Airport with crystal methamphetamine valued at Dh480,000 (US$130,700) has been jailed for four years and fined Dh50,000. MM, 28, from Iran, was stopped and searched after the customs officer Nadir Ali viewed his itinerary, which showed him travelling to Dubai from Tehran via Bandar Abbas, Iran. The route is commonly used by crystal meth traffickers, Mr Ali said.

An X-ray at the airport showed that the smuggler had ingested 80 capsules of contraband before his November arrival. He was arrested and taken to Dubai Hospital to recover the capsules. MM confessed to prosecutors that he was asked to smuggle the drugs, without providing details. He pleaded guilty to the charges in the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance yesterday. He had smuggled almost 800 grams of crystal meth, which is valued at Dh600 per gram, according to Dubai customs officials.