Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 July 2019

Man who smuggled 63 capsules of crystal meth in his stomach is jailed

Nigerian was caught at Dubai airport and claimed he was just a courier

A Nigerian man caught at Dubai airport with a kilogram of crystal meth has been jailed for seven years.

He had 63 capsules of the drug in his stomach and was also fined Dh50,000.

The 40-year-old Nigerian arrived in the UAE on July 31 on a tourist visa.

Customs officers grew suspicious when he could not say what country he had arrived from.

“He was tense and sweaty,” an officer said. “When I asked him where had he come from, he just couldn’t talk. I felt something was wrong.”

Officials ordered the man to undergo an X-ray, which showed the drugs in his system. The man then admitted to carrying them.

He said he had been promised $2,000 (Dh7,345) to hand over the capsules to an unidentified contact once he arrived in the city. However, he denied planning to sell the drugs.

Dubai Criminal Court convicted him of smuggling drugs with an intent to supply. He will also be deported after serving the term.

Updated: October 28, 2018 02:13 PM