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Oman police arrest drug dealer

Citizen caught with 9kg of hashish

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Muscat: Officers of the Directorate of Narcotics Control in Batinah region arrested a citizen from Liwa on the charges of trafficking in narcotics.

“The officers were tipped off that the accused was peddling drugs in different parts of northern Batinah region,” a spokesman for Royal Oman Police (ROP) said.

He added that the accused was caught in Liwa and the sleuths found nine kilograms of hashish and several boxes containing heroin in his possession. The accused has been referred to the public prosecution for further investigation before being produced in a court of law.

On Sunday, police made an important breakthrough in their relentless campaign against the drug mafia with the arrest of an Asian linked to an international network. According to the spokesman the main accused is linked to an international network of drug smuggling.

“All the three have been taken into custody pending further investigations,” he said.

The officers of the Directorate of Narcotics Control from the southern region have arrested three people in two separate cases for possessing smuggled ‘qat’, a stimulant derived from a shrub — Catha edulis — that is native to East Africa and southern Arabia. “The first accused was arrested in Rakhyut area of Dhofar while trying to smuggle 324 packets of qat,” the ROP spokesman said, adding that the arrest was made following a tip off to Dhofar Police.

In another case two were arrested in Thumrait area with 200 packets of qat.

Meanwhile, the Sinaw police have arrested six Asian members of a gang involved in a series of thefts in the area.