Man jailed for seven years for smuggling methamphetamine

Nigerian, 40, swallowed 78 capsules of the highly addictive drug

A drugs mule found with more than one kilogram of methamphetamine in his stomach has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

Dubai Criminal Court heard how the Nigerian man, 40, gave himself away by behaving strangely after landing at Dubai International Airport.

The incident unfolded on January 12 this year as customs inspectors grew suspicious of the man’s body language.

A body scan later revealed he had swallowed 78 capsules of methamphetamine - a highly addictive and illegal drug - weighing more than 1.2kg.

“We asked him if he wished to disclose any information [and] he said no,” said an Emirati customs inspector.

“Then we asked him if he was carrying anything illegal but he kept silent.”

Earlier this month, the Nigerian man told officials he was unemployed and had been offered cash to carry the drugs into Dubai.

He was convicted of smuggling, fined Dh50,000, and ordered to be deported after completing his sentence.