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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 September 2018

Dubai tourist tries to smuggle 26kg of drugs 'for personal use' 

The man initially denied having knowledge of the bag's contents then told the court the marijuana was for personal use

A tourist was caught attempting to smuggle more than 26kilograms of marijuana into the country, Dubai Court was told.

On March 3, the Nigerian man, 33, was walking towards the exit at Dubai International Airport when he was stopped by customs inspectors who were suspicious of the boxes they saw in his bag.

“There were 50 small paper boxes inside his bag. We opened them and found the drugs. We asked him about it and he denied knowing what was inside the bag. He said a man handed him the bag to deliver to someone here. He claims he didn't open the bag,” said an Emirati customs inspector.

He said he did not believe the man was telling the truth because he seemed very scared. He said that when he first asked the man about the contents of his bag, he told him there was food inside.

“Then he said he didn't know and he didn't open the bag,” said the inspector.

The man was carrying a total of 26.6kg of marijuana in his bag and was charged with smuggling drugs for the purpose of selling, which he denied.

“It’s true that I brought the boxes but it’s all for my personal use,” said the accused in court.

The next hearing is scheduled for June 10.

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