400kg of hashish seized, two held

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400kg of hashish seized, two held

The Abu Dhabi Police on Tuesday managed to foil an attempt to smuggle 400kg of hashish with a street value of Dh16 million by two Asian truck drivers to a neighbouring country.

By Staff Reporter

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Published: Thu 28 Jun 2012, 9:12 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 11:38 AM

Brigadier Omair Al Muhairi, Deputy Director-General of Police Operations, said the called the sting operation “26X6” as the seizure coincided with World Anti-Narcotics Day on June 26.

“While the bodies concerned at the Interior Ministry and Abu Dhabi Police were observing the day, personnel from the Anti-Narcotics Department and CID succeeded in busting the two-man gang, and seized the contraband,” he said.

Brigadier Al Muhairi dedicated the achievement to the police leadership, stressing that the vigilant eyes of the officers would always remain open to protect the country from the menace of drugs.

Meanwhile, Colonel Dr Rashid Bu Rasheed, Director of the CID at the Abu Dhabi Police, said the market value of the seized drugs is estimated at Dh4 million if “disposed of in wholesale”. However, had it been sold in retail, the price would have reached approximately four times the amount, i.e. Dh16 million.

“The operation as a whole featured the wise handling of the taskforce, which arrested the suspects and seized the drugs,” he said, noting that the operation dated back to when information was relayed to the CID that two persons were planning to traffic and re-export a huge haul of hashish. The duo was identified as A.M, 43, and D.F, 30. Both are Asians and working as truck drivers.

The police arrested the two suspects after following the legal procedures. The two suspects showed fierce resistance when the policemen tried to catch them. The hashish weighing 400kg was then seized.

“Half of the quantity which was seized was found packaged in cartons in a secret way in a place in the Capital, while the rest was found in a leased house in Dubai, which looked like a den and a store, after collaboration with the Dubai Police,” he said.

The quantity seized in Abu Dhabi was packed in a complex way in plastic and tin rolls inside a carton box containing 100kg in each, while those caught in Dubai were placed in several plastic drums with the intention of being emptied later in carton boxes to be re-exported abroad, he said.

Colonel Ibrahim Al Zaabi, Head of the Anti-Narcotics Section at the CID in Abu Dhabi, said though the operation was difficult, the police personnel succeeded with their experience and wit to cope with the situation, and used all skills of field work they had gained to apprehend the suspects and recover the drugs without being noticed by the suspects before they could send the contraband to a neighbouring country.

“The gang had taken advantage of World Anti-Narcotics Day to accomplish their crime, especially as the country and policemen were celebrating the day,” he said. “We, however, proved to be living up to the challenge by confronting and arresting them.”

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