x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Hashish 'sting' lands two in prison

An Emirati man and a Dutch woman were jailed for five and four years respectively after being convicted on charges of using and possessing drugs.

DUBAI // An Emirati man and a Dutch woman were jailed yesterday for five and four years respectively after being convicted in the Criminal Court of First Instance on charges of using and possessing drugs. NT, a 34-year-old Moroccan-born Dutch national, was found guilty of the possession of 2.57 grams of hashish, and also of consuming the narcotic.

Her fellow defendant, a 44-year-old retired Emirati identified as SR, was found guilty of providing the drugs to the woman. Additionally, he was convicted of consuming amphetamines and hashish. He was sentenced to five years and fined Dh20,000 (US$5,400). The case dates back to May 12 when the anti-narcotics division of Dubai Police received a tip-off that the woman was using drugs. She was arrested as the result of a "sting" operation at her apartment in the Golden Sands hotel in Bur Dubai.

According to one police officer, she was found in possession of rolling papers, 2.57g of hashish and the remnants of eight cannabis cigarettes. The Emirati was arrested after the Dutch woman told police that he had supplied her with the drugs. newsdesk@thenational.ae