ABU DHABI // Police arrested two suspects with 2.6 million captagon tablets outside a villa in the capital.
Abu Dhabi Police said on Tuesday that the suspects, both from Arab countries, were arrested while loading the drugs into a lorry from a villa under construction on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi.
Brig Gen Rashid Boursheid, director of CID, said investigations and surveillance in coordination with the Dubai Police anti-narcotics department showed that the drugs had been brought to the UAE illegally and were going to be smuggled abroad.
This was the latest in a series of seizures involving captagon, an illicit amphetamine-type substance whose chemical name is fenethylline.
In December, Dubai Police arrested three Saudi Arabians caught with more than seven million captagon pills, while two Arab suspects were caught with 6.5 million capsules in the same month. Last year’s largest raid took place in November, involving three Syrian men trying to smuggle 17 million captagon pills through the UAE via Jebel Ali port.
Also on Tuesday, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, issued a law forming the Irada Rehab and Treatment Centre.
The centre will offer rehabilitation and treatment to drug users and help them reintegrate into society, the Dubai Media Office said.
The centre will also develop policies for rehabilitation and treatment for drug addiction.
DUBAI // Three Saudi men were caught with more than seven million amphetamine pills after a tip-off, a court was told on Tuesday.
Prosecutors charged the trio with possession of 1,183kg of amphetamines, including crystal meth and Captagon, with the intent to distribute after a tip-off about their activities sparked an investigation in July. One of them, a 33-year-old, was also charged with consuming marijuana.
An Emirati police officer said the tip related to the 22-year-old defendant — a tourist in the country — and who was said to be in possession of drugs to be delivered to another man who would smuggle them to Saudi Arabia.
“We knew he was part of a gang that receives and smuggled drugs to Saudi. We monitored him near Dragonmart and he met with the other defendants, who gave him four bags, before they went on their way,” said the 45-year-old officer.
Officers arrested the 22-year-old in Al Rigga, Deira and found 135.8kg of methamphetamine in his car.
Police arrested the two others, brothers aged 30 and 33, in a villa in Al Warqa.
A Yemeni policeman said officers found a large amount of drugs in one of the villa’s rooms.
“We raided the villa and found the suspects asleep. We then executed the search warrant and found a large quantity of pills in a locked room,” said the 36-year-old.
A total of 1047.2kg worth of amphetamines were found. It was unclear where the remainder of the drugs total in the charge came from.
At Dubai Criminal Court on Tuesday, the three defendants denied possession of drugs with the intent to use. The 33-year-old defendant said he consumed marijuana in Saudi but not here.
The next hearing is on January 3.