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Over 1,000 drug suspects arrested in Dubai in last quarter of 2020

Dubai - More than 700 drug-related cases were uncovered.

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By Hesham Salah

Published: Fri 12 Feb 2021, 12:12 PM

Last updated: Fri 12 Feb 2021, 12:17 PM

More than 1,000 drug suspects have been arrested in Dubai in the last four months of 2020, the police said on Friday, as they revealed the latest figures for its war on illegal drugs.

During this period, 728 drug-related cases were uncovered and 1,044 suspects nabbed, leading to the seizure of 1,034kg of narcotics. Sixteen websites were also blocked for promoting drugs, the Dubai Police.

Brig Eid Muhammad Thani Hareb, director of anti-narcotics at the Dubai Police, said they had been making every effort to address the issue and help the world put an end to illegal drug use and trafficking.

Besides keeping an eye on suspicious activities in the country, the Dubai Police have also provided international anti-narcotics agencies with 68 tip-offs that led to the seizure of 3.5 tonnes of illegal drugs and the arrest of 34 suspects over the last quarter.

“The Dubai Police General Command spares no effort in fighting drugs internationally as well, as the drug issue is a cross-border problem that can be eliminated only with international cooperation,” Brig Hareb said.

The latest statistics were revealed during an appraisal meeting chaired by the Dubai Police Assistant Commander-in-Chief for Criminal Investigation, Major General Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri, who praised the efforts exerted by the General Department of Anti-Narcotics at Dubai Police in combating drugs.

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