‘Dh­s1m in his bow­els’

Heroin smug­gler swal­lowed 200 wraps

7 Days in Dubai - - NEWS - By Nawal Al Ramahi @Nawal_Ramahi nawal@7days.ae

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.”

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