A tourist who arrived at Dubai International Airport with three kilograms of heroin hidden in the lining of a suitcase has admitted attempted smuggling.
Customs officers became suspicious about the Afghan, 51, on April 24 and inspected his luggage, Dubai Criminal Court heard.
“After he arrived at around 12.30am, the internal customs inspection unit at the airport reported that it suspected the passenger,” said an Emirati customs inspector.
His two suitcases were unusually heavy even after the officers emptied them.
An X-ray screening and a hand search revealed that the suitcases contained small plastic wraps concealed in the metal bars in the suitcase lining.
Officers found 28 wraps of white powder.
“After we found the drugs, skilfully hidden inside the bags, we asked him about it and he admitted knowing he was carrying drugs but that he didn’t know it was heroin,” the customs inspector said.
Tests revealed the powder was 3.1kgs of heroin.
The Afghan told investigators he was handed the bags in Afghanistan and was assigned to deliver them to a man in Dubai.
He admitted to the charge of attempting to smuggle drugs to sell in the emirate. He will be sentenced on September 14.