YOUTH FIREWORK PLAN UP IN SMOKE
Gang planned to sell tonnes of fireworks during Ramadan
Four men have been arrested over a haul of 50 tonnes of illegal fireworks after police spotted one of the suspects posting images of them on Snapchat.
Police in Ras Al Khaimah said the men, who include two Emiratis aged 18, had planned to sell the huge haul during Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr.
Colonel Abdullah Ali Al Munkis, director of the Criminal Investigation Department at Ras Al Khaimah Police, said: “The four suspects were arrested after the two Emirati youths posted a video clip on Snapchat showing themselves with huge boxes of fireworks.”
Al Munkis added: “One of our undercover police officers reported the video to CID. A RAK Police team managed to arrest the two Emirati suspects. They led the police to a villa in Ras Al Khaimah where they kept the illegal items.
“During the investigation, the two suspects also led the police to the main distributors, who lived in Umm Al Quwain.”
The sellers’ villa was raided in cooperation with Umm Al Quwain Police and officers found it was being used to store a huge quantity of fireworks, with every bedroom, bathroom and even the kitchen filled with the explosives.
Al Munkis said: “The suspects planned to distribute the fireworks to other emirates and sell them during Ramadan and Eid.”
All four of the suspects have been referred to public prosecution to face charges. Major General Ali Alwan Al Nuaimi, Commander-inChief of Ras Al Khaimah Police, said: “The operation was the biggest of its kind in the UAE. These dealers take advantage of the Holy Month of Ramadan and distribute firecrackers without thinking about the consequences.
“It is very dangerous for children to play with fireworks unattended.”
Ras Al Khaimah Police urged the public to report any criminal behaviour during the Holy Month, including people selling in fireworks.
These dealers take advantage of the Holy Month of Ramadan – Maj Gen Ali Alwan Al Nuaimi, RAK Police
SMOKED: Some of the illegal fireworks seized by RAK Police