Student denies smuggling heroin into jail



DUBAI // A 20-year-old student denied attempting to smuggle 1.02 grams of heroin into the Rashidiya detention centre, a Dubai court heard this morning.

The Emirati OS was also charged with possessing a banned narcotic. He admitted to the charges when he appeared in the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance.

“Yes, I possessed heroin, but I didn’t try to smuggle it to a detainee in Al Rashidiya,” he told presiding judge Al Saeed Mohammed Bargouth.

Prosecutors said OS visited the Rashidiya detention centre on August 18, 2010, last year to visit a detainee.

Records said OS was carrying clothes for the detainee, who was not identified in records.

KM, a police officer at Al Rashidiya police station, testified that when he searched the clothes, he found heroin hidden in a pair of trousers.

During investigations, OS confessed and said a friend had called him and gave him the clothes to deliver.

The next hearing was scheduled for April 3 to allow OS to appoint a lawyer.

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