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Bids to smuggle cocaine foiled

In a second similar operation within a month, the General Department of Anti-Narcotics of the Dubai Police foiled two separate attempts to smuggle cocaine to Lebanon via Damascus using the technique of soaking clothes in its solution.


Amira Agarib

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Published: Tue 24 Jul 2012, 9:57 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 11:37 AM

Two suspects were arrested, but the police did not give the exact quantity of cocaine seized in both operations.

Major-General Abdul Jalil Mehdi, Director of the General Department of Criminal Investigation, said the anti-narcotic department foiled the attempts on July 18 and the same technique was used by another smuggler who was arrested on July 9. The intended destination and route show that drug traffickers are targeting countries facing political unrest to channel the contraband substances, he said.

Despite the sophisticated techniques used by them, the alert police detected the attempts and arrested the two suspects at Dubai International Airport.

In the first incident, a 32-year-old Asian cook coming from Brazil on his way to Damascus was stopped after receiving information that he possessed drugs. When the police opened his bags, they noticed a strange smell emanating from the clothes and blankets kept inside. He was sent to the General Department of Anti-Narcotic which found that the clothes in the bags weighing 62kg contained cocaine.

The suspect confessed that he was aware that he was carrying cocaine. He said an Arab named A.H. gave him the bags in Brazil and asked him to transport them to Damascus for $2,500. Another Arab national named M.N. was supposed to meet him at the Damascus Intentional Airport to receive the consignment for transporting it to Lebanon.

In another operation, the police also foiled an attempt by a 60-year-old European of Arab origin to smuggle cocaine after being tipped off. On sensing a strange smell from the clothes and blankets kept in his bags, which weighed 56.3kg, the police quizzed him. He confessed that an Arab man named A.H. who lives in Brazil gave him $2,000 to transport the drug to Damascus. He was then supposed to deliver it to someone in the free zone on the Syria-Lebanon border.

Both suspects were referred to the Public Prosecution.

Maj-Gen Jalil Mehdi praised the police’s anti-narcotic department personnel for their vigilance and called on the people to cooperate with the police if they have any information on drug-related issues.

The police had arrested two Arabs and foiled their attempt to smuggle cocaine using the same technique through Dubai International Airport on July 9. They were also on their way to Damascus.

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