‘Dhs1m in his bowels’
Heroin smuggler swallowed 200 wraps
An airline passenger has been caught carrying an estimated Dhs1 million worth of heroin capsules in his stomach as he tried to get through airport security.
RAK Police said the Pakistani national had swallowed 198 of the yellow capsules (pictured) before boarding the flight to Ras Al Khaimah International.
He was arrested after raising the suspicions of officers when he landed last week.
Colonel Adnan Ali Al Zaabi, Head of the Anti-Narcotics Department at RAK Police, said officers received a tip-off in advance that drug smugglers were targeting the airport.
He said: “A team was formed to monitor and follow the movements of people coming through the border from Asian countries until the wanted person was identified by anti-drug cops.”
Al Zaabi continued: “The man was scared and bewildered.
“And when he was confronted, he admitted carrying capsules of heroin in his stomach.
“The Pakistani suspect was transferred to a hospital to extract the capsules from his bowels, which we found were worth Dhs1 million.”
Al Zaabi said that the suspect has been referred to RAK public prosecutors after being charged with possessing and smuggling heroin with intent to distribute a controlled substance.
RAK Police said drug smuggling poses a significant challenge to the authorities.
Al Zaabi added: “This is the second incident over the past month. Recently, another man was arrested carrying 103 capsules of heroin in his stomach.” “It is a big problem and police are getting
together to fight this crime.”