Dubai nabs man with heroin worth $1.2 mn in stomach: report
November 14, 2012 - 2:47:57 pm
DUBAI: Customs officials at Dubai airport have arrested an Asian man attempting to smuggle 1.58 kilograms (3.48 pounds) of heroin worth $1.2 million in his stomach, local media reported Wednesday.
"The contraband was stuffed in 133 capsules concealed in the guts of an Asian passenger" who arrived at Dubai International Airport, local daily Khaleej Times reported.
The man was subjected to a body scan and under questioning said he was planning to deliver the drugs to someone living in Dubai in return for a cash payment, the report said, without identifying the suspect or his nationality.
It said that in a series of busts in May and October, Dubai customs foiled seven attempts to smuggle a total of 6.6 kilograms (15 pounds) of heroin through the UAE's borders worth around $2.7 million.
Trafficking in drugs is punishable by death in the United Arab Emirates though sentences are often reduced to life imprisonment. (AFP)