x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 20 July 2017

Ten year prison term for Dubai drug smuggler

Iranian smuggled 150kg of hashish into the country.

DUBAI // A man who smuggled 150kg of hashish into the country has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Police sent an undercover agent to meet Iranian MA, 27, after they received a tip he was dealing drugs.

The agent met with MA near the California Hotel in Al Naif to take possession of the drugs. MA handed over a suitcase with nearly 50kg of hashish. A further 100kg of the drugs were hidden in his apartment.

The Iranian initially denied a charge of drug dealing in Dubai Criminal Court, but under questioning by the judge he confessed. He was fined Dh50,000 and will be deported after completing his prison term.

salamir@thenational.ae