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'Op Desert Fox' nets 3 drug smugglers in UAE

The three drug smugglers arrested by UAE police forces.

By Mohammed Al Sadafy

Dubai’s Drug Enforcement Administration has arrested three UAE citizens on the charge of drug smuggling.

The arrested people were planning a large quantity of hashish.

The ‘Desert Fox’ operation, so called because the smugglers used to hide smuggled drugs in the desert, was carried with help from Sharjah and Abu Dhabi authorities.

HOH, in his forties, was arrested in the Fiqa area of Dubai as he was handing over a bag of drugs to an unknown person.

A gun was found in the possession of PH, also in his forties, who was arrested with help from Sharjah Police. PH admitted he was supplying drugs to HOH and had given him 25 kg of hashish some days ago. He was also in constant communication with a man living in Pakistan.

One kilo of hashish was found in the car of OPO, in his thirties, who was arrested with help from the Abu Dhabi Police.  He claimed that he had bought the drug from HOH.

HOH lives in Al Ain and has a cattle barn which helped to conceal his drug smuggling activities. Earlier, he was arrested in Saudi Arabia for drug smuggling and sentenced to 20 years in prison.
PH, a businessman who lives in Sharjah, is active in the drug trade He was convicted in absentia in the Sultanate of Oman to 10 years in prison.

OPO, who lives in Dubai, works for  a government organization.

Major General Abdul Jalil Mahdi, director of drug control in Dubai, said HOH put the lives of police officers at risk while trying to escape.