Dubai Police help foil four international cocaine smuggling operations

Anti-Narcotics Department at Dubai Police received messages of thanks from British consulate in Dubai and authorities in Nigeria, Johannesburg and Istanbul.

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Published: Sun 21 Jun 2015, 7:12 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 2:49 PM

Dubai - The Dubai Police received thanks messages for their assistance in the arrests in a number of countries of suspects smuggling drugs.

The General Department of Anti-Narcotics of the Dubai Police, working in cooperation with the Serious Organised Crime Section at the British General Consulate in Dubai (SOCA), foiled four international drug smuggling operations originating in South America and destined for two African states, as well as a third Asian country, during the past two months.

Also, police confiscated 7kg of cocaine during the arrests.

Col Eid Mohammed Thani Hareb, Director of the Anti-Narcotics Department at Dubai Police, made the remarks when he received messages of thanks from the liaison officer of SOCA, as well as authorities in Nigeria, South Africa and Turkey, citing the diligent efforts of Dubai Police to combat drugs.

He added that the smugglers were arrested in Abuja and Lagos in Nigeria, Johannesburg in South Africa and Istanbul, adding that “three men and one woman were taken into custody based upon the accurate information which we provided the relevant authorities with.”

Col. Hareb said those arrested used different methods to smuggle the drugs, including putting them in secret compartments in their bags and clothes as well as in their stomachs.

He stressed the importance of international cooperation in combating drugs smuggling, urging the public to notify authorities when they suspect illegal drug activities.

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