A visitor allegedly smuggled 3640 tablets of restricted pregabalin, the Dubai Criminal Court heard.
MS, 32, arrived on Dubai on May 14 and a custom officer upon suspicion wanted to check his luggage.
"After searching the luggage in front of the visitor, we found the tablets kept in a small bag. Whenh we asked him about pergabalin's trade name Lyrica tablets, he claimed they were for his mother's use," testified customs officer Abdullah Aqeel.
The drug is usually prescribed for the treatment of epilepsy, neuropathic pain, fibromyalgia, and generalized anxiety disorder. Addiction liability of the medicine is classified as law, according to Wikipedia.
The medicine is listed as a banned drug in list No 8 , Article No. 65 of the Federal Law No. 14 and its amendments regarding anti-narcotics and psychotropic substances.
The accused admitted to bringing and possessing the tablets and claimed that was for his mother's use.
The court will give sentence on August 31.
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