Dubai Police unravelled a massive drug shipment seizing 123 kilograms of crystal meth packed in a refrigerated vegetable container on a ship from an Asian country to Sharjah, arresting three expatriates involved in the bust.
A shipment carrying fruits and vegetables in a refrigerated container was bound to arrive in Sharjah with the narcotics packed in the bottom of the vessel in an attempt to be uninspected. Dubai Police were tipped about the drug ring and dispatched its anti-narcotics team to the port of arrival and tracked the ship. They worked in sync with Sharjah Police and Sharjah Customs to unravel the drug bust.
A fruit and vegetable merchant arrived at the port to unload the shipment and deliver it to the market, but was held by the anti-narcotics team, claiming he’s unaware about the drugs hidden inside.
The anti-narcotics team ordered the trader to store the container at a yard dedicated to queuing vessels and monitored it until three expatriates, who were responsible for the narcotics, arrived at the location to receive the shipment. The trio were caught red-handed and attempted to escape from the yard. They were caught and sentenced to imprisonment.
After a round of questioning, the trio confessed they carried out the drug shipment in exchange for Dhs 12,000. Their boss was based out the UAE.
An inspection reveals a staggering 123 kgs of crystal meth were stored at the bottom of the container.
Brigadier Eid Mohammed Thani Hareb, Director of Anti-Narcotics Department at Dubai Police, calls upon the public to report narcotics and drug-related activities they’re suspicious of in the UAE, saying “It’s everyone’s duty to report individuals and suspicious. activities that pose harm to our society. Especially drugs related matters.”
(Featured photograph credit: Dubai Police)