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British drug smuggler loses appeal in Dubai


DUBAI – A British woman caught trying to smuggle cocaine, hashish and hundreds of vaping devices filled with a component of marijuana has lost her appeal at a Dubai court.

The woman, 31, will be spending 10 years in jail after the Dubai Court of Appeal upheld an earlier ruling by the Dubai Criminal Court.

She was arrested at Dubai International Airport in April after customs officers discovered the illegal haul in her luggage.

She was found carrying a plastic box containing 1.4kg of cocaine and 6.3g of hashish, and 307 vaping pods containing cannabidiol, a component of marijuana.

Her lawyer had told the court that the Briton was not aware that cannabidiol was not allowed in the UAE.

Following the verdict by the Dubai Court of Appeal, the Briton will be deported after serving her 10-year jail term. She was also given a Dh50,000 fine. ICA/Expat Media

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