Court fined accused Dh20,000 for possessing 368,000 pills in 3 bags for promotional purposes
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Dubai: A man has been jailed for a year for possessing 63kg of methamphetamines for sale after drug enforcement officers found the contraband in his car after chasing him down.
Acting upon an informant’s tip-off, drug enforcement officers kept watching the 29-year-old Saudi man, who attempted to drive off speedily upon noticing a police car ahead of him in January.
The man didn’t slow down until he reached Damascus Road and encountered traffic congestion before he jumped out of his vehicle and ran away.
Drug officers chased him down and foiled his attempt to escape.
The Dubai Court of First Instance convicted the Saudi of possessing the mind-affecting substance for promotional purposes.
According to Monday’s ruling, presiding judge Urfan Omar fined the accused Dh20,000 for possessing 368,000 pills of methamphetamines for promotion.
The defendant will be deported after serving his punishment.
The accused rammed his vehicle into a police car that had been pursuing him.
When drug enforcement officers searched the man’s vehicle, they found three huge bags that contained the banned pills.
The suspect pleaded not guilty before the court and contended that he had no intention of promoting the drugs.
An anti-narcotics police major said an informant alerted them that the defendant was present in Ras Al Khor area.
“The defendant was believed to be an active member of a notorious drug gang and that he possessed a huge amount of methamphetamine pills. The informant alerted us that the defendant had moved to Damascus Road. We headed to that area and spotted the man’s sports utility vehicle in front of a restaurant, we called for backup.
“The Saudi drove off and rammed into the backup car once he spotted us. We chased him in our cars until he ran into traffic congestion; the defendant jumped out of his car and ran away. We chased him on foot and apprehended him. Upon searching his vehicle, we found three bags that he claimed to be full of mobiles,” the officer testified.
The primary ruling remains subject to appeal within 15 days.