Abu Dhabi: In an operation dubbed Sunset, Abu Dhabi Police arrested a Gulf national under suspicion he intended to sell 15kg of hashish in Al Ain, authorities confirmed in a statement from the Ministry of Interior on Wednesday.

Colonel Dr Rashid Mohammad Borshid, Head of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), revealed that the Anti-Drug Section in Al Ain had received confidential information regarding the suspect’s possession of a large amount of drugs that he was planning to sell.

After reviewing, analysing and validating the received information, a security plan was established and a search and investigations team was formed. The squad was equipped with the tools necessary to thwart the suspect’s alleged operation.

Colonel Borshid said: “Following preliminary investigations, we were able to uncover the intended plan to traffic drugs and to reach the suspect believed to be involved in the criminal activity. The team devised a plan and contacted the suspect to buy the entire quantity in his possession, valued at Dh70,000. Without arousing the suspicions of the seller, an officer from the Anti-Narcotics Federal Directorate General was able to utilise his extensive skills and experience to set up an opportunity for the Anti-Drug Section team to foil the suspect’s attempt to sell the drug.”

Meanwhile, Colonel Sultan Suwayeh Al Darmaki, Chief of the Anti-Drug Section at the CID, stressed the importance of the operation and its success in controlling the attempt to traffic drugs and stopping the reported crime of the suspect, S.A., 34.

Colonel Al Darmaki noted that the team of the Anti-Drug Section managed to conduct surveillance and arrest the suspect at the same location where the transaction took place in Al Ain.

“We confiscated the drugs the suspect had in his possession, which included 15 rectangular pieces of hashish wrapped in plastic bags, weighing 15kg,” he said.