x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Dubai police seize nearly 2,000 pills and banned drugs

Police arrest two people suspected of drug dealing after finding a stash of Tramadol pills, heroin and hashish.

DUBAI // Two men have been arrested on suspicion of dealing drugs after police seized heroin, hashish and tramadol pills.

Officers found more than 1,900 pills of various controlled medicines – the majority being tramadol, plus a “few grams” of heroin and hashish – after being tipped off about two alleged dealers.

They arrested M?M, 46, from an Arab country, outside his home in Al Mamzar, Dubai, on December 8 and found 1,957 pills on his person.

He also had four rectangular pieces of hashish hidden inside a halawa (a sesame-paste sweet) box, plus two hashish blocks and three blocks of heroin inside a cheese box.

Police said these drugs weighed a few grams but did not give an exact figure.

“During interrogation [M?M] claimed the drugs did not belong to him but he had received them from another person who had come to the country to look for a job upon the request of his friend,” said Maj Gen Abdul Al Jaleel Al Mahdi, director of the anti-narcotic department.

Police then arrested H?A, 46, also from an Arab country.

Officers claim both men were under the influence of drugs when arrested.

The case has been referred to the public prosecution.

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