Dubai - Man gets 10 years jail for bid to smuggle drugs at Dubai airport

Dubai - Man gets 10 years jail for bid to smuggle drugs at Dubai airport
Dubai - Man gets 10 years jail for bid to smuggle drugs at Dubai airport

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Aden - Yasmine El Tohamy - Court also ordered that he pay a Dh50,000 fine.

A 23-year-old man, on a visit visa, accused of possessing and smuggling of drugs has been sentenced to 10 years in jail by the Dubai Court of First Instance.

According to Dubai public prosecution records, the Pakistani man was caught on September 27, last year, at the Dubai International Airport after a quantity of heroin, weighing 1.2kg, was found stashed in his bag.

The court ordered that the traveller be deported after serving the 10-year jail term and paying a fine of Dh50,000.

The drugs were also confiscated.

During prosecution investigation, a female customs inspector said that she was on duty at Terminal 1 of the Arrivals' Hall of the airport. "The defendant's bag drew my colleagues' suspicions when they noticed an abnormal thickness in one of its sides during the X-ray scanning."

The inspector was then told to search the traveller's bag. "I found a transparent plastic bag stashed in it. When confronted with it, the defendant admitted it was heroin," the officer told the prosecutor.

The customs inspectors detained the traveller and referred him to the Dubai Police General Directorate of Anti-Narcotics.

The crime lab report showed that the quantity seized from the defendant was heroin and it weighed 1.2kg.

He has filed an appeal.

Marie Nammour

Originally from Lebanon, Marie has been covering the Dubai Courts and the Public Prosecution, immigration and labour issues often, and the Dubai International Film Festival. A graduate from the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Jounieh, a city to the north of Beirut, she worked as an in-house reporter of international affairs at a leading TV station back home and a legal translator for a renowned law academy in the Lebanese capital. Speaks fluently four languages and is fond of travelling, psychology, learning more, and has grown by now a rich ‘criminal’ imagination...

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