UAE | Courts

Worker jailed for marijuana hidden in newspaper

Drug enforcement officers caught defendant in possession of 1.4g drugs hidden inside nylon sacks

  • By Bassam Za’za’, Legal and Court Correspondent
  • Published: 20:00 November 7, 2013
  • Gulf News

Dubai: A worker who was caught in possession of 1.4 grams of marijuana hidden inside transparent nylon sacks, in-between the fold of a newspaper, has been jailed for four years.

The Dubai Court of First Instance found the 26-year-old Bangladeshi dyer, K.A., guilty although he denied possessing two packets of a grassy substance hidden in the newspaper while walking in Satwa on April 21.

Drug enforcement officers caught the convict red-handed.

According to the accusation sheet, K.A. was accused of possessing marijuana.

“I am not guilty,” argued the defendant as he denied the drug accusation, contending that he did not consume or possess any drugs.

Presiding judge Wajdi Al Menyawi said the defendant will be deported following the completion of his jail term.

An Emirati anti-narcotics policeman testified that an informant told them that K.A. possessed drugs at his residence in Satwa.

“We obtained prosecutors’ permission and a drug team headed to the vicinity. As soon as we arrived near the building where the defendant stayed, we spotted him in front of the entrance. He had a yellow bag. We apprehended him immediately.

Upon having him searched, we found the drugs hidden in-between the folds of the newspaper. No [other] drugs were found on him or in his house. We took him in for questioning at Dubai Police’s anti-narcotics department,” said the policeman.

The raid took place around 11am, according to an Emirati anti-narcotics police lieutenant.

According to Dubai Police’s forensic laboratory, the defendant tested negative for drugs.

The primary ruling remains subject to appeal within 15 days.

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