Cocaine smuggling tourist jailed for five years

A 59-year-old Italian tourist who was caught carrying more than 2kg of cocaine in his underwear, will spend five years in jail after being convicted of smuggling drugs.

DUBAI // A 59-year-old Italian tourist who was caught carrying more than 2kg of cocaine in his underwear, will spend five years in jail after being convicted of smuggling drugs.

M R admitted trying to smuggle the cocaine through Dubai International Airport but told Dubai Criminal Court last November that it was for his personal use.

M R was arrested on May 10 this year.

“He was walking in a suspicious manner and kept turning around as if he was scared of being noticed by anyone,” said policeman E E.

The officer said after searching M R he found he was wearing three pairs of underwear, inside which he had hidden seven plastic bags. “When we opened the bags, it contained 2.05kg of cocaine,” said E E.

He was fined Dh50,000 and will be deported after serving his jail term.

salamir@thenational.ae

Published: January 3, 2016 04:00 AM

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