x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Man jailed for life in Dubai for cocaine dealing

Frenchman was caught after countryman tipped police off after the latter had been caught taking drugs.

DUBAI // A 35-year-old Frenchman was sentenced to life in jail after he was found guilty of possessing drugs to sell.

Dubai Criminal Court convicted M Y of having 66.5g of cocaine, which he intended to sell.

The Frenchman was arrested after a tip-off came to Dubai Police’s anti-narcotics officers by another Frenchman identified as D P.

The latter was arrested at his Burj Khalifa apartment for using drugs and, during questioning, he told investigators that he bought his drugs from M Y.

“We arrested M Y on May 18 last year after another Frenchman who was arrested for using drugs told us that M Y sold him the drugs,” said policeman M A.

When M Y was apprehended, police found the drugs hidden in boxes of Panadol painkillers and folic acid.

Police officer S Y said in records that M Y confessed to selling a gram of cocaine for Dh1,000. On Tuesday morning, the court handed him a life sentence and ordered his deportation after the completion of his prison term.

However, the verdict is subject to appeal within 15 days.

salamir@thenational.ae