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Dubai traveller caught with heroin hidden in tea bags at airport Filed on February 4, 2020
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'We opened the tea bags and found another bag in which there was heroin'

A 21-year-old man has stood trial at the Dubai Court of First Instance after being caught with more than 1kg of heroin - hidden in bags of green tea - at the emirate's airport.

He was charged with possession of illegal drugs and smuggling.

The Pakistani man arrived at Dubai International Airport on November 7 last year on a visit visa, the court heard. A customs inspector, who was on duty at 4am on the day of the incident, said: "The defendant's luggage looked suspicious because of its abnormal volume. The accused was then stopped and his bags were searched."

Three bags of green tea were found. "We opened the tea bags and found another bag in which there was heroin."

The traveller was then referred to the Dubai Police anti-narcotics department. He was arrested and has since been detained.

A crime lab report confirmed that the substance was heroin, which weighed 1,145g.

The defendant will be sentenced on February 18.

Marie Nammour

Originally from Lebanon, Marie has been covering the Dubai Courts and the Public Prosecution, immigration and labour issues often, and the Dubai International Film Festival. A graduate from the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Jounieh, a city to the north of Beirut, she worked as an in-house reporter of international affairs at a leading TV station back home and a legal translator for a renowned law academy in the Lebanese capital. Speaks fluently four languages and is fond of travelling, psychology, learning more, and has grown by now a rich ‘criminal’ imagination...

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