Man ar­rested for deal­ing at univer­sity

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Af­ter five years, The Ivy Dubai restau­rant in the Jumeirah Emi­rates Tow­ers will be clos­ing its doors at the end of the year “due to the end of the site’s lease”. How­ever, the Bri­tish-themed eatery will be go­ing out in grand style with a spe­cial New Year’s Eve bash on De­cem­ber 31. Emma Banks, GM of Jumeirah Restau­rant Group, says: “The Ivy has been a feather in the Jumeirah cap for the past five years.” Last week it was an­nounced that the Harry Ghatto’s karaoke bar at Emi­rates Tow­ers and Tokyo@theTow­ers in Emi­rates Tow­ers Boule­vard will also be shut­ting down. Jumeirah will an­nounced de­tails of a new project for Emi­rates Tow­ers Boule­vard soon. A stu­dent who sold strong, syn­thetic cannabis to class­mates at univer­sity has been ar­rested in pos­ses­sion of 700 bags of spice.

Abu Dhabi Po­lice said the 26-year-old Arab was caught red-handed as he sold drugs to a cus­tomer. He had been at­tend­ing a UAE-based univer­sity that po­lice did not name.

Bri­gadier Gen­eral Rashid Bu Rasheed, Di­rec­tor of the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion De­part­ment (CID) at Abu Dhabi Po­lice, said: “The sus­pect has ad­mit­ted dur­ing ques­tion­ing to deal­ing drugs.

“He said he had get­ting the drugs from an Arab dealer liv­ing out­side the UAE.”

Po­lice said the Arab man would re­ceive the drugs via a courier and he would later pay his sup­plier through money ex­change ser­vices.

Lieu­tenant Colonel Ta­her Al Da­heri, Head of the Or­gan­ised Crime Sec­tion at Abu Dhabi Po­lice CID, said: “This man was caught with huge quan­tity of drugs and he By Is­mail Se­bug­waawo would sell the drugs at dif­fer­ent prices. He usu­ally met his buy­ers in pub­lic spa­ces.

“Drug deal­ers to­day use ad­vanced meth­ods for smug­gling and dis­tribut­ing drugs and this is why we keep watch and fre­quently work to en­hance our in­ves­ti­ga­tion tac­tics.”

The man was re­ferred to pub­lic pros­e­cu­tion.

Spice was first banned in the UAE in June 2012.

Us­ing the drug causes hal­lu­ci­na­tions, an in­abil­ity to eval­u­ate dis­tance, panic at­tacks and con­fu­sion, po­lice said.

Pros­e­cu­tors in the cap­i­tal of­ten de­mand life in prison or the death penalty for drug sup­pli­ers and deal­ers.

Abu Dhabi Po­lice told par­ents to mon­i­tor their chil­dren closely and act if they be­lieve they could be ex­per­i­ment­ing with drugs.

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