Man denies consuming hashish ‘obtained from an American tourist’ in Dubai



DUBAI // A 25-year-old arrested for consuming hashish and possessing other drugs said he obtained the hashish from an American tourist.

Emirati A A is facing charges of consuming hashish. He is also charged with possessing 92 tablets, including amphetamine, procyclidine, zolpidem and prazolam.

The defendant was arrested at his home on October 23 this year just before 11pm following a tip off to police. His residence was searched and A A guided the officers to his stash of drugs, records stated.

“I documented his confessions, in which he stated he smoked hashish he obtained from an American tourist he identified as W S, who left the country already, but as for the tablets, he claimed they were prescribed to him by the British Clinic,” said Emirati police officer H A, 25, adding the defendant did not present any medical prescription to validate his claim.

A A’s urine test came back positive for traces of hashish.

In court on Sunday morning, he denied charges of consuming hashish and possessing tablets.

“I don’t know how the traces of hashish were found in my urine,” the defendant told judges, before requesting that the court summon the arresting officers for cross examination.

The next hearing will be on January 10.

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