Ghanaian transit passenger suspected of attempting to smuggle 2.3 kilogrammes of cocaine via Dubai International Airport
Ghanaian transit passenger suspected of attempting to smuggle 2.3 kilogrammes of cocaine via Dubai International Airport was recently referred to the Dubai Criminal Court. IN, 30, appeared before Judge Hamad Abdul Jawwad on Thursday following accusations of carrying six tinfoil wraps containing some 2,300 grammes of cocaine on Dec.20 last year. Following his arrest, the police had estimated the value of the contraband at Dhs370,000. Records show that IN was on his way from Sao Paulo to Accra when he was arrested by inspection officers inside the transit hall. Meanwhile, IN said that he was on his way from Brazil via Dubai to Ghana. And that his brother in Brazil gave him a bag in which there were rolls of things he could not fully reveal to him. He said that he did not know what he was carrying. “At first he told me, I was to deliver a laptop after that he brought the bag of rolls and requested me to keep them safe until delivered to his accomplice in Ghana,” he said. “He had not apparently identified the accomplice to me,” he added. On being asked for his demands before the court, IN had to say: “With God’s mercy, I request for forgiveness.” The verdict has been set for April 2. According to the arraignment sheet, an Emirati police corporal had testified that IN drew suspicion after he appeared nervous. “I passed his two bags through the scanning device and recognised unusual lumps on their sides. I informed the anti-narcotics captain incharge,” said Corporal AS, 32, adding that IN was then referred to the anti-narcotics offices at Terminal 1. “On searching both the green and dark grey bags manually, six wraps all containing a white powder were seized.” A forensic report revealed that the powder weighing 2,300 grammes wrapped in tin foils was cocaine.