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Youth on trial for 'converting home into drug café' in UAE

Ismail Sebugwaawo /Abu Dhabi Filed on August 3, 2020 | Last updated on August 3, 2020 at 06.45 am
Youth, trial, converting home, drug café, UAE

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The court heard that the youth was receiving visitors at a room in his backyard to consume cannabis.

An Arab man is on trial at the Abu Dhabi Criminal Court of First Instance for turning part of his home into a "drug cafe".

The court heard that the youth was receiving visitors at a room in his backyard to consume cannabis.

The man had allegedly told his family that he had converted the room into a place for smoking shisha and cigarettes instead of going out to expensive cafes.

Court documents stated that an undercover agent, disguising as a buyer, had contacted the man for drugs worth Dh2,000. The defendant was arrested as he handed 50g of crystal anaesthesia drugs to the undercover agent in exchange for cash. The defendant's accomplice, living in another city and supplying him with drugs, was also arrested. Prosecutors charged the two men with consuming, possession and dealing drugs.

Police found narcotic drugs packed in small plastic bags and a weighing scale at the man's house, which he had been using to weigh narcotics and psychotropic substances before distributing them to customers. They also found the café where he hosted people to consume drugs. Four men present in the room consuming drugs were also arrested and charged with drug abuse.

The police also found that the man was preparing to establish a farm to grow cannabis plants. A reasonable amount of cannabis plant seeds was found at his home.

The verdict will be issued after hearing from all parties. 


Ismail Sebugwaawo

A professional journalist originating from Kampala, Uganda, Ismail is a happy father with strong attachment to family and great values for humanity. He has practiced journalism in UAE for the past 13 years, covering the country's parliament (FNC) and crimes, including Abu Dhabi Police, public prosecution and courts. He also reports about important issues in education, public health and the environment, with a keen interest in human interest stories. When out of reporting duties, he serves the Ugandan community in Abu Dhabi as he wants to see his countrymen happy. Exercising and reading are part of his free time.

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