Abu Dhabi police nab 3 suspects in transit with drugs
Abu Dhabi, June 29, 2014
The Abu Dhabi Police have arrested three African transit passengers for allegedly concealing and smuggling narcotics through the emirate’s airport.
The suspects were nabbed in three separate cases within a 20-day period, said a statement.
The transit passengers were caught with cocaine hidden in a wetsuit inside a backpack, 85 heroine capsules stashed in the stomach and cocaine hidden in secret compartment in travel bags, it said.
The suspects were all taking the same suspicious flight route, after similar cases were nabbed while trying to take flights via the Abu Dhabi International Airport on their way from an Asian and Latin American country to an African country, said Colonel Dr Rashid Mohammad Borshid, head of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).
They were behaving suspiciously in the transit areas and showed signs of ‘confusion and severe fatigue,’ which aroused the suspicion of the police at the airport, he said.
On being subjected to screening test by the airport authorities, including the Ports and Airports Security Department and the Anti-Drug Section, led to the discovery of the hidden drugs, he added.
The suspects and the confiscated drugs have been referred to the public prosecution after they confessed to possession and attempt to smuggle drugs, said Colonel Dr Borshid. The Public prosecution will be conduct further investigations to uncover the circumstances and motives behind the three cases.
Colonel Sultan Suwayeh Al Darmaki, chief of the Anti-Drug Section at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), said: “The first suspect looked confused as he was passing through Abu Dhabi Airport Transit hall, which aroused the suspicion of the police. When arrested, he was subjected to a personal inspection, during which he was found to be carrying cocaine weighing 2.1 kg, stashed in his backpack under a diving wetsuit.
The second suspect looked tired and exhausted while he was in the transit hall at the airport, which aroused the suspicion of the police and led to his arrest. The smuggler was subjected to an x-ray screening test, during which he was found to be carrying 85 heroine capsules, weighing 870 g stashed in his gut, said Colonel Al Darmaki.
The third suspect was arrested for showing evident signs of tension and discomfort. The police submitted his luggage to a screening, which revealed four plastic bags well-wrapped and concealed in secret compartments in the lining of his suitcase. The substance was later found to be a stash of narcotics. - TradeArabia News Service