x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Housewife caught 'selling ecstasy pills'

A 26-year-old woman sold 15 pills to an undercover officer. More than 3,000 pills were found in her home.

DUBAI // Police have arrested a housewife for allegedly selling ecstasy pills.

Another woman has also been held for attempting to smuggle drugs through Dubai airport.

Housewife SK, 26, was caught dealing ecstasy in a sting operation said the anti-drugs department of Dubai Police.

The swoop took place on February 8 in the Italian quarter of International City.

Police had received information that SK was involved with drugs, so an undercover officer contacted her and asked to buy a small amount. The officer set up a meeting with the woman, who allegedly took 15 ecstasy pills from her purse and sold them. The exchange was under police surveillance and SK was arrested.

Following a search of SK's home, police say they found 3,268 ecstasy pills hidden in the house.

Police also foiled an attempt to smuggle more than 4,000 pills on February 17. The type of drug was not disclosed.

They said they had reliable information that a woman travelling from a neighbouring country to Dubai airport was carrying drugs.

Officers searched the suspect, SHA, 42, upon her arrival and allegedly found 2,200 capsules in a white and black box in her suitcase, along with another box containing 2,191 pills.

Both cases have been referred to the public prosecution.

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