UAE: Bid to smuggle 42kg of marijuana foiled at Dubai airport

Staff Report/Dubai
Filed on March 15, 2021
File photo used for illustrative purpose

Marijuana worth around Dh520,000, was concealed in bags of red pepper.

The Dubai Customs has foiled a bid to smuggle 42kg of marijuana, worth around Dh520,000, into the country through the Dubai International Airport, Terminal-2.

Sources said officers got suspicious after noticing the unusual behaviour in an African passenger .

“The suspect was tracked down from the moment he landed at the airport until he was stopped (at the gates) and told to undergo a manual search,” informed sources revealed.

A custom’s inspector said the marijuana was detected when the suspect's luggage first went through the X-ray machine. The substance was stashed inside bags of red pepper.

“Forensics experts confirmed that the seized substance was marijuana following which the accused was referred to the competent authorities for legal action,” the source added.

Haidi Abdulhadi, a Dubai-based lawyer, said that there is zero-tolerance for drug-related offences in the UAE.

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