DUBAI--An insolvent sailor who smuggled and sold opium to earn a living, will spend 25 years in jail, the Appeals Court has upheld the Criminal Court’s ruling. The Asian man MM, 29, sold a plastic bag containing two plastic rolls stuffed with 489.18 grammes of opium to an Emirati corporal during a sting operation at around 9:30pm on Oct.17.2015.
Police searched his launch at Deira Creek and seized a roll containing 2.84g of opium and a roll containing 3 pills and two small pieces of methadone. He wanted to consume them.
He was referred to the forensic department and found to have consumed methadone, EDDP and tetrahydrocannabinol. The Criminal Court sentenced him to 25 years plus deportation. He has lost an appeal. An Emirati lieutenant said police was alerted that MM wanted to sell Dhs12,000 opium. The corporal posed as a consumer and fixed an appointment with MM to meet near the Dubai Fish Market.
The corporal drove to the scene and his seniors handed him the police money. Twenty minutes later, MM showed up carrying a plastic bag and met with the corporal. The corporal said, “While standing outside the car, MM arrived and asked me about the money. I told him it was in my pocket. He told me he stashed the opium within nearby cars.
“He went and returned two minutes later with a plastic bag. He took the passenger seat of my car. After executing the deal, I summoned other policemen.”
A warrant officer frisked MM and seized the police money in his trousers’ hind pocket. On being asked why he sold opium, he told the lieutenant that he was insolvent. He revealed he came with the opium from his home country.
A corporal searched his launch and seized his wallet containing opium and methadone pills.
By Hamza M. Sengendo - the Gulf Today/Oct. 23, 2016
Photo: Alamy, file photo
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