x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Suspects in court on drug charges

Six men conspired to smuggle drugs into a police station, a court heard yesterday.

Dubai // Six men conspired to smuggle drugs into a police station, a court heard yesterday. TK, 21, and SM, 18, were accused of possessing heroin, diazepam and phenobarbital and attempting to smuggle them into Bur Dubai police station last April. The Dubai Criminal Court heard that they attempted to supply the drugs to two detainees, MB, 37 and AM, 38, at the Bur Dubai police station.

AA, who remains at large, and KA, 19, were accused of supplying the drugs to the first two defendants. All the suspects are Emirati. Ali Rustom, a first lieutenant at the Bur Dubai police narcotics department, told prosecutors that the defendants had hidden the drugs in a secret pocket in a shirt they were trying to give one of the detainees. The defendants claimed they had been given the drugs by AA, and that MB contacted them and told them to give the drugs to the detainees.

The court adjourned the hearing until November 22 to present further witness testimonies. Meanwhile, customs officers have foiled an attempt to smuggle heroin into the country through Dubai International Airport. Ali al Mugahwi, the director of passenger operations at Dubai Customs, said inspectors at Terminal 1 suspected a female passenger, and a body scan revealed the capsules in her intestines. When questioned she confessed and 67 capsules of heroin, weighing 594g, were recovered, he said.

The case has been referred to the police for further investigation. amustafa@thenational.ae