Three arrested in alleged hashish plot
ABU DHABI // Three Arab lorry drivers have been arrested for allegedly attempting to traffic 86kg of hashish worth around Dh700,000 (US$190,000) to another Gulf country, the Abu Dhabi police said yesterday, according to WAM, the state news agency.
The police said they were looking for a fourth suspect.
According to police, the suspects hid some of the drugs inside the tyres of a lorry heading to a second country and planned to transport the hashish to a third, final destination where their alleged employer and his associate, both GCC nationals, live.
The police did not identify the Gulf country that the drugs were allegedly destined for, nor the country that served as a transit point.
Following the arrests, police found another portion of the drugs divided into two large bags and placed in the port docks in one of the Emirates, authorities said.
After detaining one suspect in the Emirates, the police prepared a trap for the other suspects, according to Col Maktoum al Sheriefi, the director of the Criminal Investigation Department with the Abu Dhabi police.
The suspect was released so that he could drive the lorry to its destination across the border and return accompanied by an undercover police officer, Col al Sheriefi said.
The alleged ringleader and his associate were arrested outside of the UAE. They are now under custody in another GCC country while their case is under investigation.
January 02. 2010 11:10PM UAE