Dubai: 23-year-old fined Dh30,000, banned from sending money over drug use

As per judges, if the fine is not paid, the accused will face imprisonment for one day for every Dh100 unpaid


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Published: Fri 5 Jul 2024, 6:00 AM

Last updated: Fri 5 Jul 2024, 9:00 PM

An Arab man found guilty of drug use was slapped with a Dh30,000 fine and banned from transferring or depositing money to others or through others for a period of two years.

The 23-year-old man was fined by the Dubai Criminal Court for his involvement in illegal activities related to drug use and money transfers.

Judges clarified that the accused can use bank services only with the permission of the Central Bank of the UAE, in coordination with the Ministry of Interior.

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On January 16, 2024, Al Barsha Police Station found that the accused had consumed two psychoactive substances — methamphetamine and amphetamine — for the second time without a legal prescription, as confirmed by official records.

Prosecutors also said he paid for the drugs by transferring money to a bank account belonging to another person.

According to case details, the accused had been under periodic drug testing since July 14, 2023, following his release from prison. He had signed an agreement to undergo regular and surprise drug tests and to provide urine samples.

On February 16, 2024, he provided a urine sample during a scheduled visit, which later tested positive for methamphetamine and amphetamine, as indicated in a forensic report.

During the public prosecution’s investigation, the accused confessed to purchasing crystal meth for Dh150 and depositing this amount through an ATM. The drugs were then delivered to him via a specified location in Dubai.

In court, the accused appeared via video call from detention and admitted to the charges. The court, after reviewing the evidence and testimonies, found him guilty.

Judges said that if the fine is not paid, the accused will face imprisonment for one day for every Dh100 unpaid, starting from April 23, 2024.


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