Tourist smuggles 93 drug capsules in his intestines

Suspect tells court that he smuggled methamphetamine capsules but not to sell them

Dubai: A tourist has been accused of smuggling 93 drug capsules in his intestines, then removing them in a hotel where he packed them in juice boxes and readied them for promotion.

Acting upon an informant’s tipoff, Dubai Police’s Anti-Narcotics Department officers raided a hotel room in Deira where the 32-year-old Nigerian tourist had checked in during April.

Upon searching the tourist’s hotel room, officers found methamphetamine capsules packed in juice boxes in a bag.

The suspect was taken into custody and referred to a drug test.

Prosecutors accused the Nigerian of smuggling and possessing 1.6kg of methamphetamine for promotional purposes.

The suspect pleaded not guilty of possessing the drugs for promotional purposes when he appeared before the Dubai Court of First Instance on Thursday.

He contended before presiding judge Urfan Omar that he smuggled the capsules but not to promote them among users.

An anti-narcotics police lieutenant testified to prosecutors that an informant alerted them that the suspect possessed drug capsules in his hotel room.

“According to the tipoff, the suspect had possessed part of the mind-altering substances for his personal consumption and the rest for promoting them among addicts. After obtaining prosecutor’s warrant, we raided the room and we found the capsules packed in three juice boxes that were hidden in a bag. Upon confronting the Nigerian suspect with the findings, he claimed that he smuggled the capsules in his intestines and then extracted them in the hotel … then he packed the seized capsules in the juice boxes. He claimed that he had been asked to deliver the drugs to a person who was supposed to call him,” the lieutenant told prosecutors.

Presiding judge Omar said the court will appoint a lawyer to defend the suspect when it reconvenes on August 27.


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