Dubai Police foil bid to smuggle drugs worth Dh550m

DUBAI — The Dubai Police have foiled an attempt of smuggling 11 million narcotic pills worth Dh550 million to Saudi Arabia and arrested five suspects.


Amira Agarib

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Published: Tue 30 Nov 2010, 12:14 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:13 PM

Major Abddul Jalil Mehdi, Director of Anti-Narcotic Section of Dubai Police and head of the police team who executed the operation revealed the details of the biggest operation at regional level which granted Shaikh Khalifa Excellence Award to the Dubai Police. He said that the operation was named by Shaikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Interior as ‘Fox hunt’ due to the tricky methods used by the gang.

Major Saeed bin Tawair, Director of International Anti-Narcotic Department said the gang had planned to distribute part of the seized drugs in the UAE .

He said the police was informed by Saudi authorities that the drugs would arrive Dubai from an Arab country and a gang member will come to Dubai to clear them and smuggle it to Saudi Arabia.

The police had used advanced techniques to follow up the drugs which has been send to from the European country to the Arab country in two stages.

Three Arab suspects who arrived Dubai were arrested and referred to the court and the other two suspects were arrested in Saudi Arabia. The police is coordinating with the Arab country to arrest the remaining suspects.

The gang had kept drugs worth Dh220 million in a garment warehouse in Dubai and repacked them later to smuggle them to Saudi Arabia.

Two suspects were arrested in Al Ain City with two million narcotic pills. Other five million pills were hidden in a container in the Arab country from where it was supposed to smuggle in to the UAE.

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