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Drug dealer jailed for life in UAE after being caught red-handed

Ismail Sebugwaawo /Abu Dhabi
ismail@khaleejtimes.com Filed on January 10, 2021
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He was arrested during an undercover operation.

A UAE resident of Asian origin, who was arrested for possessing heroin worth Dh260,000 and trying to sell the contraband to an undercover police officer, has been handed down a life sentence by the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi.

The country's apex court has upheld the earlier ruling by lower courts to the convict for dealing with drugs and other psychotropic substances.

A public prosecution witness told the Federal Supreme Court that an undercover police officer had got in touch with the defendant and wanted to buy drugs from the latter in a bid to catch him red-handed.

During a meeting, the defendant tried to hand over the heroin worth Dh260,000 to the undercover police officer. He was arrested on the spot.

The accused owned up to his crime during interrogation.

Both the Criminal Court of First Instance and the Appeal Court found the man guilty of possessing and dealing with heroin.

Later, the defendant moved the UAE’s top court, which upheld the lower courts’ verdict.

The defendant will be deported to his homeland after serving his prison term.

ismail@khaleejtimes.com

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Ismail Sebugwaawo

A professional journalist originating from Kampala, Uganda, Ismail is a happy father with strong attachment to family and great values for humanity. He has practiced journalism in UAE for the past 13 years, covering the country's parliament (FNC) and crimes, including Abu Dhabi Police, public prosecution and courts. He also reports about important issues in education, public health and the environment, with a keen interest in human interest stories. When out of reporting duties, he serves the Ugandan community in Abu Dhabi as he wants to see his countrymen happy. Exercising and reading are part of his free time.





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