The woman, from a South American country, arrived in the city on January 10.
A 19-year-old Dubai visitor has been charged at the Court of First Instance after being caught with 3.8kg of cocaine at the airport in January.
The woman, from a South American country, arrived in the city on January 10. When inspectors searched her belongings, the cocaine was found stashed in her luggage, public prosecution records show. She is now accused of possession and smuggling of drugs.
“The inside of her bags looked suspicious. So, we monitored her until the baggage claiming point,” a female customs inspection officer told the prosecution investigator.
Then, customs inspectors stopped her for a manual search procedure. “We opened and searched her bags and found cocaine-soaked jackets. No drugs were found on her when she was searched,” the officer said.
A crime lab report showed that two quantities of drugs were seized from the defendant. The first weighed 1.1kg, while the second quantity of cocaine, hidden in four jackets, weighed 2.7kg.
The traveller was referred to the Anti-Narcotics General Directorate of the Dubai Police, and she has been detained since then. The trial will continue on September 6.
Originally from Lebanon, Marie has been covering the Dubai Courts and the Public Prosecution, immigration and labour issues often, and the Dubai International Film Festival. A graduate from the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Jounieh, a city to the north of Beirut, she worked as an in-house reporter of international affairs at a leading TV station back home and a legal translator for a renowned law academy in the Lebanese capital. Speaks fluently four languages and is fond of travelling, psychology, learning more, and has grown by now a rich ‘criminal’ imagination…
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