x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Iranian caught with 3.8kg of crystal meth at Dubai Airport, court told

Traveller claims he was unaware that three kilograms of crystal methamphetamine was stashed in his luggage.

DUBAI // A man told a court he was unaware that almost four kilograms of crystal methamphetamine were stashed in his luggage.

The Iranian 34-year-old MM was stopped by a customs inspector who noticed him acting suspiciously after arriving at Dubai International Airport on June 18 this year.

The Emirati inspector KJ said the traveller became nervous when he was stopped, and that a scan of his bags showed them to have unusually thick sides.

A manual inspection uncovered 3.8kg of the drug hidden in the sides and bottom of one of the bags.

"I did not know it was there, someone else must have hid it," he told judge Maher Salameh at the Criminal Court yesterday.

However, prosecutors said that following his arrest he had willingly confessed to smuggling the drugs. They said he told them he was taking the drugs to Malaysia in return for five million Iranian Rials [Dh1,500], and expected to be paid upon his return to Iran.

A verdict is expected on October 21.