Sharjah Police seized 51,790 mind-altering pills and more than 115kg of other drugs, after thwarting a smuggling attempt during the Eid Al Fitr holidays.
Seven Asian men were arrested in operation Rasid – which means monitor in English, Lt Col Majid Al Asam, director of the Anti-Narcotics Department at Sharjah Police said.
"We received confirmed information about the attempt to smuggle the drugs into the country from the sea during Eid festivities," he said.
Police and coast guard teams worked on the case.
The suspects were identified and their movements were tracked in different emirates.
“They thought they would evade police if they smuggled the drugs during Eid holidays. But they were mistaken because police are ever vigilant,” Lt Col Al Asam said.
The men planned to sell the drugs in the UAE, according to police.
They have been referred to prosecution services on charges of possessing, smuggling and dealing in drugs.
Police did not disclose what type of drugs were seized.
Lt Col Al Asam urged the public to report any suspicious activities to the police by calling on 800 4654 or by emailing email@example.com