Man denies having illegal drugs hidden in pregnant wife’s car to sell

Emirati says more than 10,000 Tramadol pills found by police were for personal use, Dubai court hears.

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DUBAI // A man denied assaulting police officers after being caught with more than 10,000 tramadol pills hidden in his pregnant wife’s car.

R F, a 31-year-old Emirati, also told Dubai Criminal Court yesterday that he did not intend to sell the opioid painkillers, but admitted to using them and hashish.

Prosecutors said in court that the man had been associated with drug-related crimes and that the drug enforcement agency was tipped off that he may have been in possession of drugs that, allegedly, he planned to sell.

On December 17 last year, anti-narcotics officers tried to stop him as he left his home in Al Qusais, Dubai. “We identified ourselves and showed him a search warrant. He then assaulted two officers before we could restrain him,” said A R, an Emirati officer.

Police said they found a few pills in his pockets but, they said, 10,095 pills were found in the boot of his wife’s car.

“His wife told us that she didn’t drive the car because she was pregnant, and that her husband was using it,” the officer said.

R F told the presiding judge that the drugs in his possession were for his personal use.

The case will continue on June 14.​