Women charged over tramadol pills
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.