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11 December 2023

Hashish worth Dh400,000 seized

Picture for illustrative purpose only. Police seized 50kg of hashish packed in 94 plastic tubes carrying the tag of a cosmetic brand (AGENCY)

By Staff

In an undercover operation, police seized 50kg hashish worth Dh400,000 in Abu Dhabi and arrested a peddler while trying to sell the drug.

The anti-drug trafficking department got a tip-off that NMK, 22, had allegedly smuggled in a large quantity of hashish that he was trying to sell, reported 'Gulf News'.

According to Brigadier Hamad Ahmad Al Hammadi, Director of Criminal Investigation Division,  Abu Dhabi Police, two suspects have been arrested and one of them is a university student.

Lieutenant Colonel Sultan Al Darmaki, Head of Abu Dhabi anti-drug trafficking section, said an undercover policeman posed as a drug buyer and set a date to seal the deal. The police then detained the alleged drug dealer with 50kg of hashish packed in 94 plastic tubes carrying the tag of a cosmetic brand alongside a cash amount serving as evidence to convict him.

NMK said his role was limited to selling the drugs in exchange for a commission from the gang leader who was based in his homeland.

He entered the UAE through a land entry point and headed to one of the emirates in a rented car as directed by the gang leader by phone. He was also instructed about how to hide the bags in an agricultural area on the main road.

NMK identified another potential buyer BHT, an unemployed 30-year-old Arab, who had agreed to buy 2kg from him.