Transit passenger accused 
of bid to smuggle cocaine

DUBAI — A British national went on trial on Sunday on the charges of trying to smuggle over 1.8kg of cocaine through Dubai International Airport, a court heard.

By Mary Nammour

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Published: Tue 20 Jul 2010, 12:02 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 2:49 PM

The 38-year-old was on transit when police inspectors at the airport detected drugs hidden in his undergarments, the Court of First Instance heard.

The incident happened on February 10. Police officers became suspicious when the defendant passed the inspection door. “He was coming from Sao Paulo and was looking suspicious so I sent him to my superior who is responsible for the transit passengers,” an Emirati policeman told the prosecutors.

“The search detector beeped more than once when he passed,” an Emirati sergeant said during investigation.The defendant was reluctant to be searched by a policeman. He wanted to be searched only with the special baton. Nothing was found in his bags as they passed through the customs detector. When he was taken to the search room, police officers found 92 capsules he had hidden in his clothes and white powder wrapped in an adhesive transparent tape in his underwear.

Another Emirati police officer, who guarded the defendant when he was taken to Dubai Hospital, claimed that the defendant excreted two capsules in front of him. The Criminal Lab report confirmed that the substance seized from the defendant was cocaine. The police seized 94 capsules of cocaine weighing 1.65kg and 810 grams in powder form from the defendant.

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