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10 social media accounts found promoting illegal drugs in Dubai

Hesham Salah/Dubai
Filed on June 23, 2020
Lieutenant-General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri

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Dubai Police chief says one Instagram account had 1,600 followers.

The Dubai Police detected 10 social media accounts that promote drugs in the UAE since the beginning of this year, a top official has revealed.

Lieutenant-General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of the Dubai Police, said until May this year, the police have detected 10 accounts on popular social media platforms, including Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook.

In a Facebook post to mark International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on June 26, the police said from 2017 until 2019, 14 social media accounts were found selling illegal drugs.

Lt-Gen Al Marri said the police deal with drug issues with high priority and support respective departments to stop such illegal acts and arrest the perpetrators involved in selling, promoting and smuggling drugs.

"One of the social media accounts had 1,600 followers and had a video posted about selling drugs. Though the owner of the account was very cautious, the police was able to identify and arrest him," said Lt-Gen Al Marri.

He also said that an Asian man was identified after the police detected his account on Snapchat being used for promoting drugs. The account owner asked his customers to transfer money into an account and delivered the drugs to them, he said, adding that after investigation, the police discovered that the suspect is living abroad.

The police chief urged parents of young adults to monitor the behaviour of their children and never hesitate to seek help from authorities if they found it necessary.

hesham@khaleejtimes.com


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