Police arrested suspect in sting operation, seized methamphetamine hidden in pocket of car seat
Dubai: A worker has been accused of possessing nearly 1kg of methamphetamine for promotional purposes after drug enforcement officers seized them from the pocket of his car seat.
Acting upon an informant’s tip off, drug enforcement officers arrested the 21-year-old Pakistani worker in a sting operation, during which he was found to have been hiding the drugs in his car in May.
Prosecutors accused the suspect of possessing 1kg of methamphetamine for promotional purposes.
The suspect pleaded not guilty and dismissed the accusation that he intended to promote the drugs when he appeared before the Dubai Court of First Instance.
“I did not possess them for promotion,” he told presiding judge Urfan Omar in courtroom three.
A lieutenant of anti-narcotics police told prosecutors that an informant alerted them that the suspect possessed and consumed drugs at his residence in Ras Al Khor area.
“According to the tip off, the suspect has also possessed some methamphetamine for promotional purposes. We obtained prosecutors’ permission to search and arrest the suspect … we raided Ras Al Khor area first but the suspect could not be found. The informant informed us again that the suspect had moved to Al Wuheida area … we raided the second place and apprehended the suspect who was in his car. We searched his vehicle and found a plastic box that contained methamphetamine, hidden in the back pocket of the seat. The suspect was taken into immediate custody and then we searched his residence but we didn’t find any banned substances there. During questioning, the suspect alleged that his countryman provided him with the methamphetamine and asked him to deliver them to another person for Dh1,000. He claimed that he had done the same job three times before his arrest,” the lieutenant told prosecutors.
Presiding judge Urfan Omar said the judgement in the case will be announced on September 13.