UAE resident arrested for importing e-cigarettes filled with drugs

The vape pods were concealed in a bag of sweets

A closeup shot shows the facade of the Dubai Courts building during a hearing on April 04, 2010 in the case of a British couple sentenced to a month in jail after being convicted of kissing in public in a restaurant in the Muslim Gulf emirate. The couple's lawyer said the appeals court upheld the one-month prison sentence against the two, named by the British press as Ayman Najafi, 24, a British expat, and tourist Charlotte Lewis, 25. The couple were arrested in November 2009, after they were accused of consuming alcohol and kissing in a restaurant in the trendy Jumeirah Beach Residence neighbourhood.     AFP PHOTO/STR / AFP PHOTO
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A UAE resident has been arrested for importing e-cigarette pods containing cannabis extract into the country.

Eight vape pods filled with CBD oil, which is a cannabidiol, were found in a package that arrived for the American national, 26, at the Dubai International Airport, heard judges of Dubai Criminal Court.

The pods were concealed inside a bag of sweets.

“In the early hours of March 4, I was checking FedEx packages when I suspected the one carrying the defendant’s name and phone number,” said a customs inspector.

“The box contained a pair of shoes, sun glasses and a bag of sweets, inside which I found the pods.”

The man was arrested after he arrived at a FedEx office to pick up the box.

He was referred to Dubai police’s anti-narcotics department where a test detected traces of Tetrahydrocannabinol in the man’s urine.

He was charged for importing and using drugs. He has denied the charges.

The next hearing is on September 21.