Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 June 2019

Driver caught with 16kg of amphetamines to spend three years in jail

The man told the court he did not know the bag he was given contained drugs

A driver will spend three years in prison for possessing more than 16kg of amphetamine tablets for sale.

The 28-year-old Syrian told the court he did not know the tablets he was storing in his home were drugs.

“I didn't know it was drugs, my flatmate’s friend came to the house and asked if he can leave his bag with us for a while, I thought he had arranged with my flatmate since he is his friend not mine, and i didn't object,” said the defendant.

He said he only found out they were amphetamines after being arrested on June 30.

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An Emirati police lieutenant from Dubai drug control said they arrested the defendant in a park near Al Rigga after receiving a tip-off.

“He was carrying a large bag, which when we opened, contained two large plastic bags with thousands of tablets in them,” said the officer.

The defendant allegedly told officers he received the tablets from a man he didn’t know based on directions from another man abroad to smuggle the drugs to Saudi Arabia in return for Dh20,000.

“He provided us with a name and a picture of the man who gave him directions then when we checked the system, we found that this man, also Syrian, is charged with drug trafficking but had been on the run for a few years,” said the officer.

Dubai Criminal Court convicted the man with possessing 92,786 Amphetamine tablets weighing 16.8 Kg to sell.

He was fined Dh50,000 and will be deported after serving his prison sentence.

Updated: November 1, 2017 02:55 PM