x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 January 2018

Student denies smuggling heroin into jail

He is accused of trying to sneak the drug in by concealing it in clothes he was delivering to a detainee.


DUBAI // A 20-year-old student denied attempting to smuggle 1.02 grams of heroin into the Rashidiya detention centre, a Dubai court heard this morning.

The Emirati OS was also charged with possessing a banned narcotic. He admitted to the charges when he appeared in the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance.

“Yes, I possessed heroin, but I didn’t try to smuggle it to a detainee in Al Rashidiya,” he told presiding judge Al Saeed Mohammed Bargouth.

Prosecutors said OS visited the Rashidiya detention centre on August 18, 2010, last year to visit a detainee.

Records said OS was carrying clothes for the detainee, who was not identified in records.

KM, a police officer at Al Rashidiya police station, testified that when he searched the clothes, he found heroin hidden in a pair of trousers.

During investigations, OS confessed and said a friend had called him and gave him the clothes to deliver.
The next hearing was scheduled for April 3 to allow OS to appoint a lawyer.