Dubai Police busted a cocaine smuggling gang. The police foiled a conspiracy to smuggle 500 kg of cocaine. The huge amount of illicit cocaine seized is worth Dh500 million in the market. In an operation named ‘Scorpion’, the police seized it from a cargo container. Police said the operation resulted in the biggest drug seizure in the area.
A criminal from the Middle East has been arrested for acting as a mediator in the UAE for an international drug syndicate. Brigadier Eid Mohammad Thani Hareb, director of the Anti-Narcotics Department, said the police had received information about smuggling of cocaine in large quantities. After which the suspect was monitored round the clock. “An investigation team was immediately constituted to verify the information,” he said.
Drugs stored in warehouse
“The team kept a watch on the movement of the suspect till it found the consignment of the narcotic,” the police officer said. “Once the shipment arrived, the man stored the drugs in a warehouse to transport and sell the drugs to other emirates,” Hareb said. Colonel Khalid bin Muwaiza, deputy director of the Narcotics Department, said, “The accused had hired an SUV.”
“He had bought an angle grinder and other cutting tools to unload the container. Our officers raided the godown and caught him red handed. A huge quantity of cocaine was seized in the raid. The man has confessed his crime. He also has a criminal record in his country. The offender will be produced before the court for further legal action.