Crime and Courts

Dubai visitor caught with marijuana at airport gets 10 years in jail

Marie Nammour /Dubai Filed on July 5, 2020
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The 24-year-old man was also ordered to pay a fine of Dh50,000.

A Dubai visitor, who was caught at the airport as he tried to smuggle 6.1kg of marijuana, has been sentenced to 10 years in jail. 

The Dubai Court of First Instance found the 24-year-old Asian man guilty of charges that include importing and possession of illegal drugs. He will be deported after completing his sentence and paying a Dh50,000 fine, the court ruled. 

The defendant has been placed in detention since his arrival at the Dubai International Airport (DXB) on March 3. He was apprehended by customs inspectors and then referred to the General Directorate of Anti-Narcotics.

He arrived at DXB's Terminal 3 at 8am, a customs inspector said during the public prosecution investigation. "After his luggage went through the X-ray machine, we searched it and found marijuana stashed inside fabric bags."

Forensics experts confirmed that substance seized was marijuana weighing over 6.1kg. The ruling can be appealed within 15 days from the issuance date.



Marie Nammour

Originally from Lebanon, Marie has been covering the Dubai Courts and the Public Prosecution, immigration and labour issues often, Lebanese community-related affairs and the Dubai International Film Festival. A graduate from the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Jounieh, a city to the north of Beirut, Marie worked as an in-house reporter, covering international affairs for the LBCI and the LBC Sat (Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International), a leading TV station back home and a legal translator for Sagesse, a renowned law college in the heart of the Lebanese capital. Marie speaks fluently Arabic, French, English and Spanish. She is fond of travelling, psychology, learning more and of the French literature.

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