Man arrested at RAK Airport with 167 heroin capsules

Ras Al Khaimah: An Asian man was arrested by the Ras Al Khaimah Police at the airport for trying to smuggle 167 heroin capsules in his stomach. Due to the strange behaviour of the suspect police officials detained him upon arrival. On being interrogated, he confessed to having swallowed the heroin pills in a bid to smuggle them into the UAE. He was taken to a hospital where the capsules were removed from his stomach and he was referred to the public prosecution.

The 167 heroin capsules weighed around 2 Kg and are worth more than Dh700,000.


Colonel Adnan Ali Al Zaabi, Director-General of the Ras Al Khaimah Police’s Anti-Narcotics Department, said police were tipped off about the suspect, who was visiting the country. A team was formed to follow up the case. The team monitored the movements of the passenger upon his arrival at the airport. The passenger seemed worried and scared and when taken for questioning confessed he had capsules in his stomach.

The suspect admitted that he had received the capsules from two people from his country and they paid him a huge a mount of money for each capsule he swallowed.

Col. Al Zaabi said smuggling capsules in the abdomen is dangerous and can sometimes result in the death of the person.

Brigadier Ghanem Ahmad Ghanem, Director General of Central Operations , lauded the cooperation of police departments in the country.He said this is one of the innovative ways used by smugglers, but the alertness of the officers helped foil another smuggling attempt

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