Dubai: WhatsApp drug seller jailed, fined Dh100,000

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An Asian man is now in jail in Dubai and has been fined Dh100,000 for selling drug on WhatsApp.

The Dubai Criminal Court sentenced him to three years in jail, followed by deportation.

The court learned that the man sold Dh430,000 worth of illegal drugs. There was a total of 814 deposits from random people into his bank account.

The case dates back to February when the General Department of Anti-Narcotics received a tip-off that a man was selling drugs on WhatsApp.

Investigators tracked down the WhatsApp account, which was using a phone number from outside the UAE. They also tracked down the bank account holder, who was a worker who opened it as a salary account in 2021.

Investigators found that the bank account received 814 cash deposits totalling Dh430,000 from 604 different people from November 2022 to February 2023.

Police found that the bank account holder had a criminal history of drug abuse. A search warrant was then issued, and he was subsequently arrested.

During investigation, the Asian man said that the WhatsApp account used to sell drugs was being managed by someone else outside of the country, and that he only received a percentage of the money that was deposited in the account. He denied involvement in the drug sale. ICA/Expat Media

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