Dubai: A visitor has been accused of mixing heroin with detergent powder in an attempt to send it to a friend back home in Seychelles, a court heard on Monday.

An informant alerted drug enforcement officers that the 39-year-old visitor from Seychelles possessed heroin for promotional purposes in his hotel room in Dubai.

A team raided the hotel room and apprehended the visitor. Upon questioning, the suspect claimed that he had arranged with a cargo company to send the consignment of heroin to his friend back home.

Police accompanied the visitor to the cargo company and retrieved the consignment of heroin packed inside a box.

Prosecutors accused the suspect of possessing 990gm of heroin for export purposes.

The 39-year-old suspect pleaded not guilty and denied his accusation when he appeared before the Dubai Court of First Instance on Monday.

“I did not possess anything,” he argued before presiding judge Urfan Omar.

His lawyer asked to hear prosecution witnesses when the court reconvenes on July 26.

An antinarcotics police corporal testified to prosecutors: “Following the informant’s tip off we raided the suspect’s hotel room and arrested him. When we asked him if he had any drugs on him, he admitted that he paid for a cargo company to dispatch heroin to his friend in Seychelles. Then we headed to the cargo company and checked consignment box, inside which we found the heroin mixed up with laundry powder inside a detergent box. During questioning, the suspect claimed that the man in Seychelles paid for him money and paid for his trip and assignment to consign the heroin.”