Crime and Courts

Dubai visitor gets 10 years in jail for smuggling 1kg heroin

Marie Nammour /Dubai Filed on November 12, 2020

He was caught at the airport with 72 drug capsules

A Dubai visitor, who was caught at the airport with more than 1kg of heroin, was sentenced to 10 years in jail on Thursday.

The Dubai Court of First Instance ordered that the 24-year-old Afghan man be deported at the end of his jail term and after paying a fine of Dh50,000.

According to public prosecution records, the case dates back to September 25 when the accused was arrested at Dubai International Airport with 72 heroin capsules weighing over 1kg in possession. He was referred to the General Directorate of Anti-Narcotics and remains in detention ever since.

The public prosecution referred the defendant to trial with the charges of smuggling and possession of drugs.

The technical report of the Crime Lab showed that the quantity seized from the visitor was heroin and weighed more than 1 kg.

The defendant can appeal the ruling within 15 days.


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 college in the Lebanese capital. Speaks fluently four languages and is fond of travelling, psychology, learning more and grown by now a rich ‘criminal’ imagination…

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