Expatriates in court for drugs charges

Three Britons and a French man appeared at Dubai Criminal Court for drug charges.

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DUBAI // A British tourist has confessed to possessing and consuming hashish.

At Dubai Criminal Court, prosecutors said D F, 32, was caught with 1.3 grams of the drug on August 10 after a urine sample tested positive.

He awaits a verdict on November 8.

At the same hearing, two other British men, M P, 27, and M T, 36, faced drugs charges. M P was charged with smuggling 36 bags containing a total of 49.8g of marijuana to sell.

M T was charged with aiding and abetting M P in the crime.

He was also charged with using drugs. Police officer A A, 36, told the court the men were arrested on June 6 this year following a tip-off.

“M P was arrested on Sheikh Zayed Road near a restaurant as he stepped out of his car,” said A A, adding that 30 bags containing drugs were found on M P and more were found at his home.

“He told us he bought them from an African man whom he did not know,” the officer said.

M P confessed to a charge of possessing drugs but denied a charge of facilitating the use of drugs to M T, who in turn confessed to a charge of using drugs, but denied aiding and abetting M P in his crime.

The two will appear in court again on November 8. In a third drugs case, a 35-year-old Frenchman appeared in court accused of possessing 66.5g of cocaine, which prosecutors said was hidden inside boxes of Panadol painkillers and folic acid.

Policeman M A told prosecutors that M Y was arrested on May 18 this year after another Frenchman, identified as D P, was arrested for using drugs and told officers that M Y sold the drugs to him.

Police officer S Y said that M Y confessed to selling a gram of cocaine for Dh1,000.

The next hearing will be on November 10.