Drug grocer loses appeal
A grocer who dealt poppy seeds from his store for three decades will spend the rest of his life behind bars, along with his two sons. The Bangladeshi trio yesterday failed in a bid to overturn their convictions and sentence. They first appeared in court in December and were jailed in February by a Dubai Court of First Instance judge. The grocer, 68, and his sons, aged 28 and 33, were arrested after Dubai Police raided their shop in the Al Sabhka area of Deira on September 20 last year. Police found 4.5kg of poppy seeds under the counter in the store. An anti-drugs officer, aged 25, testified that officers from Dubai Police searched the store and found the seeds hidden inside plastic bags. “The father confessed and said he knew it was banned and that he instructed his sons to get rid of it, but they did not,” said the officer. The store owner said he stopped four months before their arrest when the neighbour was arrested for possessing 163kg of seeds, but police eventually traced him too.