Policeman jailed for consuming drugs

Police found 19 capsules of banned substances after the man was found smoking marijuana.

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DUBAI // The father of a police officer who confessed to possessing illegal drugs and consuming marijuana failed to convince a court to send his son to rehab instead of jail.

The father asked Dubai Criminal Court to consider the alternative to prison for A R, an Emirati.

“He needs treatment, please send him to a rehab facility. He should not be thrown in jail.”

Prosecutors said A R consumed marijuana on March 30 this year. Police also found 19 capsules of a unspecified controlled substance.

A R pleaded guilty when he appeared in court and was sentenced to four years.

tzriqat@thenational.ae