DUBAI: The UAE authorities seized half a tonne of cocaine price greater than $136 million, Dubai police stated on Sunday, in one of many largest drug busts within the Gulf nation.
Officers “just lately thwarted a smuggling try of 500 kilogrammes of pure cocaine into the nation”, a police assertion stated.
“The narcotics, price greater than 500 million dirhams ($136 million) in road worth, had been well-hidden throughout the construction of a cargo container.”
The United Arab Emirates, made up of seven emirates together with Dubai, has a zero-tolerance coverage in the direction of drug possession.
Police stated they foiled the smuggling try after receiving a tip a few cargo container carrying the contraband via a seaport.
In the operation dubbed “Scorpion”, a suspect of Middle Eastern origin was arrested. Police described the person as an middleman for a global drug syndicate.
“Once the cargo arrived, the suspect transported the unlawful medication to a different emirate and saved them in a warehouse with the goal of promoting and selling the dangerous toxins,” stated Eid Mohammed Thani Hareb, director of the Anti-Narcotics Department, in line with the assertion.
It added that safety officers raided the warehouse and caught the person “red-handed”.
Drug smugglers face doable dying sentences within the UAE however in follow, executions are uncommon.