x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Police sting operations net three 'drug dealers' in Dubai

Three people have been arrested for attempting to sell drugs, including crystal meth worth Dh740,000 and 63 capsules containing heroin, in two separate sting operations in the past month.

DUBAI // Three people have been arrested for attempting to sell drugs, including crystal meth worth Dh740,000 and 63 capsules containing heroin, in two separate sting operations in the past month, police said yesterday.

In the first operation, police received information that an unemployed man, identified as MA, 24, from an unnamed Asian country, was intending to sell heroin in the Hor Al Anz area.

An undercover police officer contacted MA and asked to buy the drug. A meeting time and place was decided and police put MA under surveillance.

On December 19, MA reportedly took 63 pills of heroin weighing 642 grams from a nearby house and gave them to a second suspect, identified as AS, 35, to deliver to the undercover police officer. AS met with the undercover officer in his car and, shortly after delivering the heroin, was surrounded by police. He attempted to escape but was arrested. MA, who was watching the delivery from the parking area, was also arrested.

In the second case, police arrested a man who was attempting to sell 5.7 kilograms of crystal meth worth Dh740,000, after smuggling it through Dubai airport.

The arrest was made during a raid on his room in a Naif hotel on January 1, after police put the man under surveillance.

GKH, in his 30s, had allegedly come to the UAE with the purpose of selling the drugs which were hidden in two of his suitcases under specially made fibre covers, said police.

The suspects have been referred to the public prosecution.

wissa@thenational.ae