x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 29 July 2017

Hotel manager found with bag containing cocaine, Dubai court told

Police acting on a tip off arrested NL, 43, from Switzerland, at the Marina on May 11 this year and found him in possession of a plastic bag containing cocaine.

DUBAI // A hotel manager with a drug habit was arrested after being informed on, a court heard today.

Police acting on a tip off arrested NL, 43, from Switzerland, at the Marina on May 11 this year and found him in possession of a plastic bag containing cocaine.

"When we arrested him he confessed that he had consumed cocaine about an hour before his arrest," testified HB, 36, an Emirati police captain.

Police then searched the hotel manager's villa in Ajman and found another plastic bag containing cocaine.

Prosecutors said his blood sample contained traces of the drug.

In the Criminal Court the hotel manager confessed to consuming and possessing drugs. However, he claimed he did not know the substance was cocaine.

A verdict is expected on July 29.

salamir@thenational.ae