Women charged over tra­madol pills

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Four women have gone on trial ac­cused of smug­gling drugs into the coun­try un­der their corsets.

They were ar­rested at Shar­jah Air­port, on sus­pi­cion of con­ceal­ing plas­tic strips of tra­madol pills wrapped in plas­tic bags around their bod­ies, un­der their corsets, Shar­jah Court of First In­stance heard.

Pros­e­cu­tors said the four women, all in their 40s, from Pak­istan, were ar­rested at the air­port on Fe­bru­ary 29, when cus­tom in­spec­tors no­ticed them act­ing sus­pi­ciously.

The court was told cus­toms of­fi­cials had ob­served that all four women were show­ing no­tice­able signs of dis­com­fort and ex­hibit­ing signs of sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour.

Upon search­ing them, they found 3,600 tra­madol tablets.

“We are in­no­cent. We were not aware that the strips were pro­hib­ited drugs,” said one of the women, speak­ing on be­half of the en­tire group of four.

The woman told the court that they thought the drugs they had tried to smug­gle By Nawal Al Ramahi into the coun­try were “merely medicine”.

Pros­e­cu­tors asked why they had gone to such lengths to hide drugs they thought were le­gal.

Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial records, a Shar­jah Cus­toms in­spec­tor sus­pected the de­fen­dants of foul play and asked to search them.

The records said the fe­male in­spec­tor dis­cov­ered the hid­den drugs dur­ing the search.

They had ar­rived in the UAE on a flight from Pak­istan.

The de­fen­dants claimed that a Pak­istani man gave them the drugs and told them to call an­other man when they got to Shar­jah, who was sup­posed to meet with them to take the drugs.

All four of the sus­pects de­nied the charges of smug­gling drugs into the emi­rate of Shar­jah.

The judge re­fused to set the de­fen­dants free on bail. A ver­dict will be is­sued next month.

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