‘Pizza oven smug­glers’ ac­cused over port haul

7 Days in Dubai - - NEWS - Writes Ali Al Shouk.

Two al­leged drug smug­glers have gone on trial ac­cused of im­port­ing more than 65kg of am­phet­a­mines hid­den in in­dus­trial-sized pizza ovens, The pair were ar­rested along with cap­tagon tablets with a street value of Dhs17 mil­lion, Dubai Court of First In­stance heard yes­ter­day. The Syr­ian men, aged 24 and 32, de­nied the charges. Prose­cu­tors said that the am­phet­a­mine haul - which amounted to 331,000 pills - was found in a ware­house at Al Quoz on April 24, 2015. Of­fi­cers said the seizure was one of the big­gest of last year. Dubai Po­lice re­ceived in­for­ma­tion that the haul had come into the coun­try and was stored in the ware­house. An Emi­rati po­lice ma­jor, aged 36, tes­ti­fied: “They con­fessed they re­ceived a large amount of drugs hid­den inside the ovens. The re­ceipts and doc­u­ments of the oven ship­ment were all in the sec­ond de­fen­dant’s name.” It is al­leged that some of the drugs had been sold lo­cally while the rest were to be smug­gled out of the coun­try. The pair claimed the head of the ring was a 40-year-old Arab who is al­ready in jail in Kuwait for a drug of­fence. Po­lice ar­rested a fourth sus­pect, who they said was sell­ing the pills among young lo­cals and ex­pats in the UAE. The trial was ad­journed un­til later this month, when the court will hear from the de­fence lawyer.

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