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Dubai tourist caught with drugs at airport jailed for 10 years Filed on January 27, 2020
drugs caught at dubai airport, marijuana oil

(Reuters file)

The defendant challenged the verdict but the Dubai Court of Appeals upheld the lower court ruling.

A British tourist - convicted of possessing and smuggling marijuana oil and cocaine - has lost her appeal against a 10-year jail term.

The Dubai Court of First Instance had found the 31-year-old woman guilty of importing marijuana oil weighing 4.4kg and about 1.4g of cocaine.

She was sentenced to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay a Dh50,000 fine. She will also be deported after the imprisonment, the court ruled.

The defendant challenged the verdict but the Dubai Court of Appeals upheld the lower court ruling.

The case dates back to April last year when customs inspectors at Dubai International Airport found the drugs in the traveller's baggage.

She was then referred to the anti-narcotics department of the Dubai Police.

A crime lab report confirmed the quantities of the illegal drugs seized from the defendant.
The new ruling can be challenged at the Court of Cassation.

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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