Sharjah police bust international drug ring, seize 150kg of narcotics

Police in the UAE city of Sharjah seized more than 150 kg of drugs believed to be worth about 63 million UAE dirhams ($17.1 million) in a large-scale raid on a villa. (Screenshot: Sharjah Police)
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Updated 15 September 2020

Sharjah police bust international drug ring, seize 150kg of narcotics

  • A police statement said drugs were found concealed in trolleys, plastic bags, air-conditioning vents and water dispensers in a villa
  • The anti-narcotics team tracked additional gang members smuggling the substances into the UAE through airports, dhows and boats

LONDON: Police in the UAE city of Sharjah seized more than 150 kg of drugs believed to be worth about 63 million UAE dirhams ($17.1 million) in a large-scale raid.

The operation, codenamed “Qabada 7/7,” foiled an international network of 58 suspected drug suppliers and runners operating in the emirate, the force’s anti-narcotics branch announced last week.

Armed officers raided a villa used to manufacture the drugs. They seized 153 kg of illicit substances, including 69 liters of liquid crystal, and arrested the alleged kingpin of the gang.

Police also traced seven bank accounts used for depositing drug money.

The individuals arrested were referred to Sharjah Public Prosecution.

A police statement said drugs were found concealed in trolleys, plastic bags, air-conditioning vents and water dispensers in the villa.

Police were tipped off about the gang and its operations when a man carrying a plastic bag full of drugs was arrested in a Sharjah neighborhood.

The anti-narcotics team tracked additional gang members smuggling the substances into the UAE through airports, dhows and boats.

“The head of the gang had turned a residential villa into a drug-producing laboratory,” a police statement said.

“All members of the gang were then arrested according to plan.”

Maj. Gen. Said Al-Zari Al-Shamsi, commander-in-chief of Sharjah police, said the gang had taken advantage of pandemic restrictions to smuggle drugs into the country.


Yemeni prisoners say they were tortured by their Houthis captors

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Yemeni prisoners say they were tortured by their Houthis captors

  • The men said they were subjected to physical and psychological torture from the first moment they were in jail
  • The torture included receiving electric shocks, beatings, sleep deprivation, starvation and mock executions

DUBAI: Six Yemeni prisoners recently freed from Houthi jails said they were tortured by their Houthis captors at facilities run by the Iranian-backed militia, state news agency Saba New reported.
The internationally recognized Yemeni government and the Iran-backed Houthis swapped 484 prisoners in the first phase of a deal to release hundreds of prisoners on Oct. 15.
The men said they were subjected to physical and psychological torture from the first moment they were in jail.
The torture included receiving electric shocks, beatings, sleep deprivation, starvation and mock executions, the report added.
The prisoners were also forced to admit to crimes they did not commit and were told their wives, children and mothers would also be tortured, the report added.
The freed prisoners said they spent months in overcrowded and dark cells, and then suddenly moved to brightly lit rooms, the report added.

The men suffered serious injuries, including broken bones and dislocated spinal discs.