Dubai police seized three Arab men as they tried to sell nearly 78,000 Tramadol pills they claimed to have found on top of a hotel in the emirate, press reports said on Tuesday.
Acting on a tip off, police arrested the three at a bus station in Dubai and seized thousands of the narcotic-like pain reliever pills in their car.
“One of them revealed a surprise when he said that he had found the stuff in bags hidden on top of the hotel where he works,” said Major General Abdul Jalil Al Mahdi, director of the Dubai drugs combat department.
Quoted by the Dubai-based Arabic language daily Emarat Alyoum, he said further raids by police in their apartments in Dubai and Sharjah resulted in the seizure of more pills, adding that they confessed to trying to sell the drugs.
The defendants include a 31-year-old decoration employee, identified as ST, a 32-year-old hotel employee, AM, and another decoration worker with the same age, identified as HA.