The Dubai Police have arrested a four-member gang, which allegedly promoted restricted and banned drugs, tramadol and spice.
Major-General Abdul Jalil Mahdi, Director of the General department of Anti-Narcotics of the Dubai Police, said that the officials from the department managed to arrest the gang composed of two Asians and 2 AGCC nationals.
He said the gang intensified its activities in Ramadan, as they thought the police will not notice it during the holy month.
The police officer who headed the anti-drug team raided the car of one of the Asian suspects, which was parked near a supermarket in Hamdan area after receiving a tip-off that the suspects were in possession of a huge quantity of drugs.
Both the suspects, A.A. and A.M. were arrested and a large quantity of tramadol pills and money were recovered from the car. It was also confirmed through blood check that the first suspect consumed hashish and tramadol.
He confessed to the police that the drug was given to him by an AGCC national, identified as S.M.A., who asked him to promote it on commission basis.
The police set a trap and arrested S.M.A. along with the fourth suspect, 34-year-old H.M.H., who has been waiting in the car.
The police found that he had a criminal record and he masterminded the gang’s operations.
During a raid at the flat of S.M.A. in Al Warqa, large quantities of spice drug (a non-medical drug similar to hashish) and tramadol were recovered.
All the suspects were referred to the Dubai Public Prosecution, charged with possession of drug and the first suspect was additionally charged with consumption of drug. Abdul Jalil Mahdi praised the efforts of anti-narcotic team and urged the public to inform police if they have information on drug-related issues.
The UAE has banned the use of spice drugs and it had been included in the banned drug list under as per a Cabinet decree issued in last May.
The UAE has become the first country in the region to detect the harmful effect of the drug and to include it in the banned list.