American teacher acquitted in Dubai marijuana import case


DUBAI – An American teacher for Physical Education in Abu Dhabi has been acquitted in a case of importing marijuana into Dubai.

The teacher was arrested as part of an investigation when a package of marijuana with her mobile number arrived at the Emirates Post Office in Dubai last year.

The package, which contained 199 grams of marijuana, was addressed to a different person but carried the teacher’s mobile number. She denied any involvement in the package.

The teacher was arrested at Abu Dhabi International Airport as she prepared to fly to the US on vacation on July 3 this year.

She refused to give police a urine sample as part of their investigation, and was prosecuted for refusing to comply with police request. She was held in custody for nearly two months pending trial.

Police testified that the woman refused to give a urine sample before talking to a lawyer. Her lawyer argued that the teacher was merely exercising her right to seek legal counsel.

Awatif Mohammed of Al Rowaad Advocates said the American “didn’t refuse, she simply asked to speak to me as her lawyer but she was denied that right and was told she would face charges for obstructing legal procedures”.

Mohammed said the teacher was asked to provide a urine sample despite the absence of a prosecution order. The lawyer also said investigations revealed that the teacher did not order the package of marijuana.

The American teacher has now been cleared of the charge and will not face further investigation. ICA/Expat Media

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