Video: UAE busts drug trafficking network; 59 arrested, 72kg narcotics seized

UAE - Authorities froze 39 bank accounts and seized Dh800,000

By Web report

Published: Wed 23 Dec 2020, 11:04 AM

Last updated: Mon 30 Jan 2023, 9:00 AM

Authorities in the UAE have disbanded a “network of drug traffickers and dealers” operating in the country, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) has announced.

Drug Control Agents at the MoI have arrested 59 gang members. The gang was also involved in money laundering activities. “(The) gang members were arrested and the source of their illicit funds dried up,” the ministry said in a social media post on Wednesday.

In all, the ministry has frozen 39 bank accounts and seized Dh800,000.

The sleuths seized 72kg of drugs, including crystal meth, heroin, weed and drug pills.

About 33 suspects are accused of displaying drugs in “different public places and sending locations to drug dealers inside the producing countries”.

“The remaining 26 accused were responsible for collecting the funds that were deposited by drug addicts,” it said.

A video posted by the ministry shows armoured officers apprehending the suspects from different parts of the country. In the video, the sleuths are seen smashing open the doors of apartments to effect arrests, while others are seen apprehending some suspects from the streets.

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