Abu Dhabi Police seized Dh1.2 billion of drugs in 2021

Police thwart criminal networks aiming to flood the capital with drugs

Four suspects arrested by Abu Dhabi Police in connection with drug offences. Photo: Abu Dhabi Police

Police in Abu Dhabi seized drugs with a street value of Dh1.2 billion ($326.7m) in 2021 as part of a major drive to thwart criminal gangs and safeguard the public.

Officers captured more than 2.6 tonnes of narcotics and 1.4 million tablets in a series of operations during the year aimed at closing the net on drug rings.

Maj Gen Mohammed Al Rashidi, director of criminal security at the force, said police would continue to step up their fight against drug traffickers.

In September, Abu Dhabi Police seized 816 kilograms of narcotic substances and foiled a major drug trafficking ring that involved 142 people of various nationalities.

Dealers were caught after an extensive investigation that tracked the dealers who used social media to lure young people in the UAE.

The traffickers who were caught have been handed over to judicial authorities, police said.

Brig Gen Taher Al Dhaheri, director of the anti-narcotics division, said his team had monitored the online presence of the leaders who sent photos, videos and audio messages promoting drugs and promising delivery within the country.

He said the gang leaders used international phone numbers to send out messages to prevent being tracked.

Police urged members of the public to support their efforts by providing information confidentially over suspected drug crimes to its Aman service on 800 2626.

Updated: February 24, 2022, 10:36 PM
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