Crime and Courts

Expat in Dubai caught with drugs stashed in candy bag, jailed

Marie Nammour /Dubai Filed on October 28, 2020
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He was arrested when he came to the airport to pick up the package.

A 26-year-old expat in Dubai has been sentenced to two years in jail after being caught in possession of e-cigarette filters filled with cannabis liquid. Customs inspectors found the narcotics stashed in a bag of candies.

The American expat was arrested in March this year, when he went to Dubai International Airport to pick up the package found to contain the contraband, the Court of First Instance heard.

He was also accused of using hashish. He will be deported at the end of his jail term, as per the court order.

A customs inspector, who was on duty when the man went to the airport, recalled: “I was on the field at a shipping agency when a consignment arrived from the US. It raised our suspicions as its papers said that it contained personal belongings that include shoes, pair of eyeglasses, and a bag of candies.”

The sergeant told the public prosecution investigator that upon opening the bag of candies, they found eight e-cigarette filters filled with hashish liquid. The drugs that were seized weighed around 102g.

The shipment was in the defendant’s name and it also had his address and phone number. According to a report from the forensics department, the defendant’s urine sample tested positive for hashish.

The defendant can appeal the court ruling 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, 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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