UAE: Cops seize 216kg of narcotics after raiding a villa

A man believed to be a member of an international drug cartel was apprehended with 216 kg of drugs that he was keeping at a villa in the UAE.

After receiving a tip about a gang looking to smuggle and sell illegal substances into the nation, the Sharjah Police, along with teams from Abu Dhabi and Umm Al Quwain, have been following the movements of the suspect.

“A special task force was immediately formed and an operation called ‘Big Hunt’ was launched. The team managed to identify the main recipient of the drug shipment,” said Lt-Col Majed Al Asam, director of the Anti-Narcotics Department at the Sharjah Police.

The consignment was discovered to have been received by the suspect, who had been placed under 24-hour monitoring, on a beach near Sharjah. The officer claimed that he later brought it to a villa in a neighboring emirate.

Packets of different narcotics were found as the cops searched his home.

The drug haul included 500,000 Captagon tablets, 46 kilograms of crystal meth, and 170 kilograms of hashish.

Upon his arrest, the suspect said the drugs belonged to four gangs. Investigations are now underway to identify the rest of the syndicate, the police said.

The Sharjah Police ask the general public to report any suspicious activities in their area. The public may contact or call 8004654. BKM/ Expat Media

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