SHARJAH - The Sharjah Police on Monday arrested two Afghans and two Pakistanis for allegedly consuming and peddling drugs.
The two Afghans were arrested after anti-narcotic officers raided their flat located in a residential area. As much as 2.8kg of drugs, including 808 grams of opium, were seized from the flat.
In a separate development, the Anti-Narcotic Department aborted the sale of 6.96kg of drugs, including 966 grams of hashish and 2.1kg of herion, with the arrest of two Pakistani nationals.
All suspects are currently detained and will be referred to the Public Prosecution, an officer said.
Fifty-one drug-related cases involving 91 suspects were reported in Sharjah during the last four months. Twenty-two of them were cases of drug possession, 20 of consumption, four of importing and three of peddling.
Lt-Brig Rashid Al Salman, Head of the information section at the Anti-Narcotic Department, said officers seized 11kg of hashish, 7kg of opium, 4kg of heroin and 2,004 drug tablets during this time.
Of the 91 suspects arrested, 28 were UAE nationals or Arabs.
Lt-Brig Al Salman told Khaleej Times that a large number of young people, aged between 22 and 29, have been caught taking drugs in tablet forms which they get from private clinics and pharmacies. These drugs are usually prescribed by psychiatric clinics for old people suffering from dementia.
The police are closely monitoring clinics prescribing such medicines to young people. The monitoring has contributed a great deal in bringing down the number of young people using such tablets, he claimed.
In 2009, 145 youth were arrested for using such tablets. During this first quarter of this year, the police in coordination with Sharjah Medical Zone caught a number of clinics prescribing such drugs to young people to make profit. They were referred to the public prosecution.
22 June 2010
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