Drugs sent to man’s home

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A man was busted by anti­nar­cotics cops af­ter he had drugs de­liv­ered to his home by a courier, a court heard.

Abu Dhabi Crim­i­nal Court heard that the 26-year-old Arab man, who works as an in­tern in a bank, was de­tained af­ter the courier com­pany de­liv­ered a par­cel sent from Europe that con­tained the banned sub­stance.

Nei­ther the man’s na­tion­al­ity nor the type of drug was stated in court doc­u­ments.

Prose­cu­tors charged him with traf­fick­ing and deal­ing drugs. How­ever, in court, the man de­nied the charges, stress­ing that the par­cel didn’t be­long to him.

The de­fen­dant told the judge he had not been ex­pect­ing a par­cel from Europe.

“I am in­no­cent,” he said. “The par­cel didn’t be­long to me. I told the courier ser­vice there must have been a mis­take, their rep­re­sen­ta­tive in­sisted on com­ing to my house to hand over the par­cel to me.”

The de­fen­dant said the de­liv­ery per­son came to his house and handed him the pack­age with­out even check­ing his ID.

“He also didn’t give me a By Is­mail Se­bug­waawo re­ceipt to sign,” he told the court. “When I checked the pack­age I didn’t find my name, but only my mo­bile phone num­ber. I had to throw it in the garbage bin.”

He said that five min­utes later he was sur­prised by an anti-drugs team knock­ing at the door of his house.

The man said po­lice fished the par­cel from the garbage and ar­rested him.

He also said his con­fes­sion dur­ing po­lice in­ter­view was un­der duress. The trial has been ad­journed.

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