2 drug smuggling bids foiled in Sharjah

The UAE's Ministry of Interior (MoI) has foiled two bids to smuggle a total of 125,000 narcotic pills onboard a ship arriving at Sharjah Creek, and the other at a UAE land border point.

Colonel Saeed Al Suwaidi, Director-General of the Anti-Narcotics Federal Directorate-General at the MOI, said that the first bust was made after a tip-off revealed that a smuggling attempt was planned on a ship arriving in the UAE.

"The banned substances - 45,500 narcotic pills -  were being smuggled by a crew member who was delivering them to a drug dealer," said Al Suwaidi, adding that the federal anti-drugs unit and Sharjah Police successfully apprehended all those involved.

The director-general also noted that the second attempt was intercepted after police gathered intelligence on a gang of drug dealers involved in an attempt to smuggle 80,000 narcotic substances into the UAE through Dibba Al Hosn border in Sharjah. A joint effort involving the Directorate General for Drug Control, Federal, Sharjah and Dubai Police forces, and in cooperation with the General Department for Combating drugs and Psychotropic Substances in Oman, resulted in the arrest of suspects.