Woman held with 1.23kg of cocaine capsules

DUBAI - The Dubai Police have arrested an African woman coming from Lagos for an alleged attempt to smuggle in 85 capsules filled with cocaine, weighing 1.233kg, by swallowing them.


Amira Agarib

Published: Fri 18 Nov 2011, 12:25 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 10:37 AM

An official at the Dubai International Airport Terminal-3 said that the woman showed signs of confusion and fatigue at the airport. The airport authorities tried to assist her, but it became clear during a medical checkup that she had some strange objects inside her stomach. Before being transported to the Rashid Hospital in Dubai due to increasing complications of fatigue and exhaustion, she was taken by a customs inspector to the rest room in the airport, where she excreted 28 capsules of cocaine. Later at the hospital, on different dates and times, the rest of the 85 capsules were recovered.

The accused was referred to the Dubai Public Prosecution after she confessed to swallowing the capsules before heading to Dubai.

She also admitted that she was intended to deliver the capsules to someone in Dubai against a large sum of money.

An official source at the Anti-Narcotics Unit of the Dubai Police commented that the successful operation would enhance the confidence of the security officials at the Anti-Narcotics Unit, who spare no effort to protect the community members, specially the youth, from the risk of drug abuse. He added that combating drugs requires cooperation from all segments of the society. People are urged to provide any information regarding drug smuggling through the Dubai Police’s toll-free number 800400400 and to the duty officer on 0505516218 or via e-mail at dpan@dubaipolice.gov.ae.

Earlier, the cooperation between the Anti-Narcotics Unit of the Dubai Police with the Malaysian authorities had led to the arrest of an African passenger identified as H.C.S., who was coming from an African country, heading to Kuala Lumpur via the Dubai International Airport, in possession of 2.59kg of methamphetamine drugs, hidden at the bottom of her bag.

The Dubai Police had provided full information regarding the suspect to the Malaysian authorities, based on the suspicion of a security officer at the Dubai International Airport.


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