"The defendant's luggage looked suspicious"
An unnamed Pakistani man was found guilty of smuggling heroin from Pakistan and into Dubai.
The 21-year-old man stood trial at the Dubai Court of First Instance after he was caught with more than one kilogram of heroin.
It was reported that the Class A drugs were hidden in bags of green tea when he arrived at Dubai International Airport.
The man arrived at the airport on November 7, 2019, on a standard visit visa.
The suspect had made it past initial checks, however, a customs inspector became suspicious. After noticing that his bags looked unusual, he stopped the supposed traveller and his bags were searched.
He explained: “The defendant’s luggage looked suspicious because of its abnormal volume.
“The accused was then stopped and his bags were searched.”
Upon searching the bag, the customs inspector then discovered three bags of green tea which contained the heroin.
“We opened the tea bags and found another bag in which there was heroin.”
The drug smuggler was then transferred to the Anti-Narcotics Department of the Dubai Police where he was arrested and charged with possession of illegal drugs and smuggling.
Meanwhile, the heroin was seized and taken for testing. A crime lab report confirmed that the drugs were heroin, which weighed 1.1 kilograms.
The suspect remained in custody until his court appearance where he was convicted.
The Pakistani man is set for sentencing on February 18, 2020.
Drug smugglers are finding new ways of smuggling drugs out of Pakistan and into other countries. It has led to the authorities increasing their efforts to arrest those responsible.
In one case, two men and their uncle were set to board a flight to Birmingham when they were stopped by the Airport Security Force (ASF).
Their luggage was searched and over 800g of heroin was found hidden inside perfume and hairspray bottles.
The three men were later arrested. A case was registered against the suspects while further investigations were underway.
The Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) subsequently carried out a number of operations in a bid to crackdown on drug smuggling.
They arrested 28 suspects and seized over 500 kilograms of narcotics. An ANF spokesperson added that nine vehicles that were being used to transport the drugs had also been seized.
Twenty-three raids took place in various parts of Pakistan.
The drugs comprised of 105kg hashish, 375kg opium, 15kg heroin, 4.6kg methamphetamine and 5.2kg amphetamine.