crime

Two caught with 21kg of hashish

Salesmen were caught from a mall after a trap was laid by undercover officers

15:08 October 31, 2017

Dubai: Two Asian men were arrested from Abu Dhabi for allegedly possessing over 21kg of hashish in a major operation by Dubai Police after they traced the suspects in different locations in the UAE.

Major-General Khalil Ebrahim Al Mansouri, Assistant Commander-in Chief of Dubai Police for Criminal Investigation Affairs, said the two suspects were professional and very careful and officers had been tracking their presence in Al Ruwais and Sir Bani Yas island in Abu Dhabi and different areas in Dubai.

“One of them was very careful and moving from one place to another in order not to be arrested but we weren’t in a hurry and waited until the best moment came and arrested them red-handed in coordination with Abu Dhabi Police,” Major-General Al Mansouri said.

The police were tipped off about two Asian men who were trying to sell a big quantity of hashish. A trap was laid and they were arrested from a shopping mall in Al Ruwais area in Abu Dhabi and 21.8kg of hashish was recovered.

Brigadier Eid Mohammad Thani Hareb, director of the Anti-Narcotic Department at Dubai Police, said the two suspects, aged 28, were working as salesmen.

“We set a trap for them and an officer posed as a buyer and contacted the first suspect. He struck a deal with the suspect to meet to buy the drugs. The suspect agreed to collect the money on Bani Yas Island and deliver the drugs in Al Ruwais area. The second suspect handed the drugs later to the officer in Al Ruwais and both suspects were arrested later,” Brigadier Hareb said.

He praised the role of the officers who moved quickly to arrest the two suspects as soon as they found the drugs.

“It was a professional operation by officers in Dubai and Abu Dhabi though the suspects had been very careful and had kept moving from one place to another,” he added.

Dubai Police urged members of the public to contact police if they have any information about any suspicious drug-related activity.