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Video: 2 men dealers accused of smuggling $150m worth of drugs arrested in Dubai

Staff Reporter/Dubai
Filed on July 9, 2020
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They are accused of smuggling three tonnes of drugs to Australia.

The Dubai Police have arrested two internationally wanted persons, who are accused of smuggling and selling drugs in Australia. 

According a top official, Benjamin Neal and Matthew John, members of the Australian Millstream gang, were arrested in Dubai seven days after receiving an Interpol Red Notice. They are accused of smuggling three tonnes of drugs to Australia, which is worth approximately $150 million.

In an official statement to the Dubai Police, Reece Kershaw, Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police (AFP), lauded the successful and important cooperation between the two organisations that has led to the arrest of "the kingpins of a major drug smuggling operation that brought nearly three tonnes of drugs into Australia." 

"The Australian Federal Police, together with the New South Wales Police Force, would like to thank the Dubai Police, specifically the Criminal Investigation Department and the Wanted Persons team, for their tireless work in investigating and apprehending these wanted criminals," he said. 

He confirmed the arrest of the Australian duo in Dubai is a result of the long-established partnership between the agencies. 

"The AFP and the Dubai Police have been close and trusted law enforcement partners for many years, (and) the AFP greatly values the leadership and commitment that the Dubai Police demonstrates in the global fight against organised crime," he said. Commissioner Kershaw further noted that the AFP and Dubai Police maintain active channels of communication to discuss new ways of policing and to jointly combat transnational organised crime groups. 

Lt-Gen Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of the Dubai Police, said the operation is another achievement to the fruitful cooperation between the two agencies. Earlier, the Dubai Police had joined the AFP and other international law enforcement agencies in dismantling two international organised crime syndicates and the arrest of 17 suspects in Sydney, Dubai and Europe, and seizing more than two tonnes of illegal drugs with an estimated value of Dh2.3 billion. 

Major-General Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri, assistant commander-in-chief for criminal investigation affairs at the Dubai Police, said: "Seven days after receiving the Interpol's Red Notice, we located the suspects' whereabouts. A task force of officers arrested the men on charges of smuggling large quantities of drugs, the use of the proceeds of crime, and illegal trafficking of prescription drugs."

Zero Hour

According to Brigadier Jamal Al Jallaf, director of the General Department for Criminal Investigation (CID), the suspects had made plans to leave Dubai when the force took them down in two synchronised raids at their residences. 

"We coordinated and exchanged available information with our Australian counterparts, and set a zero hour for the raids after the issuance of Interpol Red Notices against the pair," Al Jallaf confirmed. 

reporters@khaleejtimes.com


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