UAE | Courts

Transit passenger smuggled 1.2kg cocaine in her bra

Prosecutors seeking 15-year jail, Dh200,000 fine against her

  • By Bassam Za’za’, Legal and Court Correspondent
  • Published: 17:14 July 4, 2013
  • Gulf News

Dubai: A female passenger has been accused of smuggling and transporting in transit 1.2 kilograms of cocaine which she was found hiding in her bra at the Dubai International Airport.

The 30-year-old Thai woman, P.J., was said to have possessed three pouches of cocaine which she intended to transport through Dubai

Drugs Prosecutors have asked for the implementation of the toughest punishment, 15 years in jail and Dh200,000 fine, applicable against the defendant.

The woman pleaded guilty when she appeared before the Dubai Court of First Instance on Thursday.

She contended before presiding judge Ali Attiyah Saad that she smuggled the cocaine from Brazil with the intention to transport via transit on April 18.

An Emirati policewoman testified that the defendant reached the arrivals terminal around 10.40pm.

“My colleague suspected the defendant and asked her to head to the search room. I accompanied her for search. I realized that her breast was strangely and suspiciously bulgy. When I asked her to remove her clothes to check her, she refused. I insisted that she remove her clothes to search her… and so she took off her shirt. I realized that the bra was too big as if something was hidden inside it.

When I checked the bra from the inside, I discovered a cocaine pouch that was wrapped with brown plastic tape. I also found two similar pouches hidden between the defendant’s thighs. When I asked her about the findings, she claimed that she did not know anything about the content. Immediately the woman was referred to Dubai Police’s anti-narcotics department for investigation,” claimed the policewoman.

The female passenger was cited admitting before the police and prosecutors that she smuggled cocaine from Brazil via Dubai in transit.

The trial continues.

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