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Abu Dhabi: A Saudi man, in his 40s, was arrested after he allegedly sold illegal drugs on social media, over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, police said.

“The man was arrested and charged with possession and selling of hashish via social media,” Captain Mohammad Al Najidi, spokesperson for the General Directorate for Narcotics Control, said.

A search of the suspect yielded an unspecified quantity of hashish, according to a search warrant affidavit.

Al Najidi said all preliminary legal measures were taken against the suspect, who was referred to the Public Prosecution, pending trial.

Anyone found dealing in drugs in Saudi Arabia is liable for the death penalty.