Dubai cops check European ‘black tourists’ into jail

International drug bust sees 2 arrested in Japan and 2 from hotel near Rif’a Police Station

Dubai’s anti-drug enforcement agency has once again played a key role in the busting of an international drug smuggling operation.

Explaining the case, Director of the General Department of Anti-Narcotics at Dubai Police, Brigadier Abdul Jalil Mahdi Mohammed Al Asmawi, said the authorities were tipped off that some Europeans were in the country trying to smuggle drugs out.

“We can’t entertain so-called ‘Black Tourists,’ so we went on to ascertain their identity,” he said.

It now emerges that four Europeans were hired by two Asians to smuggle out Methamphetamines.

Two were destined for Tokyo and were arrested on arrival carrying 4kg of the drug following a tipoff to the Japanese authorities by the Dubai Police.

According to Brigadier Al Asmawi, “The four came to the UAE in the first week of July from an unnamed European country posing as tourists.

The Europeans resided in different hotels, some in Dubai near Rif’a Police Station and the others in Sharjah.”

The operation was jointly handled by Ministry of Interior and the police in Dubai and Sharjah.

Officials in Madrid and Tokyo also wrote to Dubai police in appreciation of their work.

After the arrests in Japan, the Dubai Police then descended on a hotel near Rif’a Police Station and arrested the two accused, identified as ARR and AAF.


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