Dubai: Dubai Police have arrested an alleged drug dealer and seized 3.6kg of heroin from his possession, an officer said on Tuesday.

Major-General Khalil Ebrahim Al Mansouri, Assistant Commander-in Chief of Dubai Police for Criminal Investigation Affairs, said the Asian suspect was arrested near a Union Cooperative outlet in Dubai on July 1.

“He worked as a salesman in a private company and he was caught red-handed with 1.2kg of heroin in his bag. Then we raided his home in Sharjah and found more heroin, the total being 3.6kg,” Maj-Gen Al Mansouri said.

The 21-year-old suspect, identified as S.F, was planning to sell the drugs.

“He claimed his countryman who is living outside the country provided the consignment to him for sale,” Maj-Gen Al Mansouri added.

The suspect has been referred to the Dubai Public Prosecution on the charges of possessing and smuggling drugs.

Brigadier Eid Mohammad Thani Hareb, director of the police’s Anti-Narcotic Department, urged the public to contact Dubai Police if they suspect that any person is selling or trading in drugs. He also urged the families to monitor their children so that they do not get into drug abuse and become addicts.

“Parents must follow up their children’s activities, especially during summer vacation, and must keep them busy with useful activities like sports. Parents have a major role in tackling the drug problem,” Brigadier Hareb said.