American tourist caught smuggling drugs through Dubai airport jailed

A 28-year-old American tourist was sentenced to four years in jail for possessing 60 milliliters of Codeine and 76 grammes of poppy seeds at Dubai International Airport.

DUBAI// An American tourist who was caught with 60 millilitres of Codeine and 76 grammes of poppy seeds has been sentenced to four years in jail.

The 28-year-old was found guilty of smuggling and possessing drugs for personal use by Dubai Criminal Court.

Prosecutors said that on April 14 this year he was arrested upon arrival at Dubai International airport after custom officers became suspicious of a bottle containing pink liquid in the his luggage.

The tourist’s belongings were searched and two boxes were found containing poppy seeds. He was referred to the anti-narcotics department while the substances were sent to the criminal lab.

He will be deported after serving his prison term.

Published: July 5, 2016 04:00 AM