Decade for drug dealer
Bus driver has death sentence overturned
A bus driver who was convicted of possessing and dealing 336 capsules of heroin has had his death sentence reduced to 10 years in jail following an appeal.
Official documents stated that Abu Dhabi Police arrested the Pakistani man who was driving a bus transporting labourers for a contracting firm after anti-narcotics officers found the heroin weighing 2.76kg in three bags that were hidden inside his house in Musaffah.
Prosecutors said police raided the man’s house after investigations suggested he possessed and dealt drugs.
Officers said the Pakistani had confessed to police that he used to receive bags of drugs, which were sent to him from his home country so that he would be able to deliver them to different people he claimed he didn’t know.
The man however denied knowing any knowledge about the drugs or their recipients in the country.
Abu Dhabi Criminal Court had earlier sentenced the Pakistani to death after he was found guilty of possessing and dealing drugs.
The man however challenged the verdict stressing that he was innocent. He told the appeal court that the small bags found in his house containing heroin was left there by his friend.
The Pakistani also argued that his friend leaving the bags containing drugs in his house and without his knowledge was a plot to land him into trouble.
“I have never possessed or dealt drugs,” he said.
“I have worked in the UAE for 12 years now and I have never committed any crime during that period.” The Pakistani requested that the appeal court judge clear him completely.
But the court decided to reduce the original sentence and gave him 10 years in jail instead.
“I have never possessed or dealt drugs. I have never committed any crime in 12 years here.” – Bus driver convicted of drug dealing