4 arrested over $15.8m UAE drug-smuggling bid

4 arrested over $15.8m UAE drug-smuggling bid
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Dubai Police arrested 4 Arab men for attempting to smuggle more than 1.1 million Captagon pills with an estimated street value of 58 million Emirati dirhams into the UAE. (Dubai Police)
4 arrested over $15.8m UAE drug-smuggling bid
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The suspects had tried to sneak 1,160,500 tablets into the country inside plastic containers made to look like lemons. (Dubai Police)
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Updated 23 December 2021

4 arrested over $15.8m UAE drug-smuggling bid

4 arrested over $15.8m UAE drug-smuggling bid
  • Dubai Police seize more than 1.1m Captagon tablets hidden in plastic lemons

DUBAI: Four Arab men have been arrested for attempting to smuggle more than 1.1 million Captagon pills with an estimated street value of 58 million Emirati dirhams ($15.8 million) into the UAE.

Dubai Police on Thursday said a team from its anti-narcotics department made the arrests after monitoring the suspects in an operation codenamed 66.

The men under surveillance had tried to sneak 1,160,500 tablets into the country inside plastic containers made to look like lemons and stored in a refrigerated container.

Lt. Gen. Abdullah Khalifa Al-Marri, commander-in-chief of Dubai Police, noted that the force was committed to “combating organized crime and protecting society against all harms, especially drugs.”

Maj. Gen. Khalil Ibrahim Al-Mansouri, assistant commander-in-chief for criminal investigation affairs, said all tip-offs were taken seriously, especially when they were in the interests of protecting the UAE’s safety and security.