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Police block 22 websites for selling drugs in UAE

Ras Al Khaimah Police have shut down 22 websites and social networking sites in 2017 for promoting narcotics to teens

14:16 August 6, 2017
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Dubai: Police in Ras Al Khaimah have shut down as many as 22 websites that were promoting and selling narcotics to teenagers and the youth.

Colonel Adnan Ali Al Zaabi, Director-General of Ras Al Khaimah Police's Anti-Narcotics Department, said that police regularly monitor suspicious websites that promote drugs, and pointed out that tip-offs also assisted in arresting a number of drug traffickers throughout the year.

To combat such illegal websites, police have set up an electronic patrol team at the department of drug control, and with the coordination of the UAE's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), has also led to a number of social networking sites to shut down.

“We also found a number of websites that taught young people how to use different types of drugs, which was extremely dangerous, as the victims become easy prey and fall into the clutches of the drug trade,” he said.

Dubai Police have also warned parents to be cautious of drug pushers on social media and online chat rooms, as they have been found to be behind drug addictions among many young people in Dubai.

Statistics revealed by Dubai Police show that 62 per cent of those caught in drugs cases last year were aged between 15 to 25.