Drug gro­cer loses ap­peal

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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.

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