Gang planned to sell tonnes of fire­works dur­ing Ra­madan

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Nawal Al Ramahi @nawal_ramahi

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

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