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Oman police bust global drug racket

Carrier caught with 60 capsules after arriving from Asian country

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Muscat: The relentless drive against the drug menace keeps yielding results as the Anti-narcotic team of Royal Oman Police (ROP) busted a drug smuggling racket involving international gangs, according to a press release.

“The police was working on a tip off that attempts would be made to smuggle narcotics by an international air passenger to be handed over to a local contact,” a spokesman for the ROP said.

“Our officers at Muscat International Airport identified a suspect but instead of arresting him followed him,” he said, adding that the arrest was made when the passenger was handing over 60 capsules of heroin to a contact in south Mawaleh suburb of Muscat.

“Both the trafficker and his contact were arrested,” he said, adding that the accused were part of an Asian gang involved in drug smuggling across the globe.

Meanwhile, a mother of an Omani drug addict has filed a complaint with the police that her son had stolen gold ornaments from the house in Al Khodh area of Muscat. “She has said that the son had traded the jewellery for drugs,” the police spokesman said.

In another case the police in Ruwi suburb arrested a group of Asian expatriates on charges of forging government documents, including visas. “The police have seized a computer and the other paraphernalia used for forging documents,” he added.

And, in Batinah region in the north, police arrested another group of Asians for forgery. “The group was involved in passing off gold-plated jewellery as gold. They had duped a number of citizens in south Batinah area by selling these imitation ornaments as real,” the ROP spokesman said.