Man caught with drugs blames it on his mum

Khaleej Times - - NATION - Is­mail Se­bug­waawo is­mail@khalee­j­

dubai — A pas­sen­ger who was caught at the Abu Dhabi in­ter­na­tional air­port for car­ry­ing hashish in his lug­gage claimed that his mother, who didn’t know about the UAE laws, had put the drugs in the bag.

The Pak­istani man work­ing in the UAE was re­turn­ing from his home coun­try af­ter a short hol­i­day. He ad­mit­ted to abus­ing drugs at an Abu Dhabi court and said that his mother packed them with­out his knowl­edge.

Of­fi­cial court doc­u­ments stated that the Asian man was stopped at the Abu Dhabi in­ter­na­tional air­port af­ter cus­tom of­fi­cers sus­pected him of car­ry­ing drugs. He had ar­rived on a flight from Pak­istan.

When the se­cu­rity of­fi­cers checked his bag, they found a some small amount of hashish hid­den in­side the man’s clothes. His urine sam­ples also tested pos­i­tive for hashish.

Pros­e­cu­tors charged him with con­sum­ing drugs and try­ing to smug­gle hashish into the UAE.

In court he ad­mit­ted to the charge of us­ing drugs and car­ry­ing the hashish in his bag but de­nied try­ing to smug­gle the drugs into the coun­try.

“I have been us­ing drugs back home and not in the UAE,” the Pak­istani told court.

“I learned the habit from my fam­ily mem­bers and friends back home. Con­sum­ing drugs is a com­mon thing in my home vil­lage and many young peo­ple do drugs.”

The Pak­istani man said that be­cause his mum knew he used drugs, she must have packed some hashish in his back with­out know­ing it would bring him trou­ble here.

“I had no idea my bag con­tained drugs. My mum must have put the hashish in the bag as she helped me pack as I was re­turn­ing from hol­i­day,” the Pak­istani said. “She had no idea that the law here bans drugs.”

The man also pleaded to the judge to be le­nient on him. The trial was ad­journed un­til May.

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