Abu Dhabi Police arrest dealers selling drugs through social media

Two men of Arabic origin were found with illegal tablets, listed as controlled over-the-counter substances, worth $15,000
By Staff writer
Thu 20 Jul 2017 09:25 AM

Abu Dhabi's Drug Control Department of the Criminal Security Sector arrested two drug dealers who were caught trying to sell narcotics tablets to an undercover officer.

In an operation, named 'Steel Grip', the main suspect and his accomplice were apprehended after they were caught with the illegal tablets, listed as controlled over-the-counter substances, worth AED55,000 ($15,000), according to Colonel Taher Gharib Al Dhaheri, director of the Drug Control Department.

The officials' undercover investigations revealed the involvement of two people of Arabic origin in the drug dealing operation, which used social media channels to target young people, he said.

The main suspect, aged 36, was caught while trying to sell 3,000 narcotics tablets to an undercover officer, and following further investigations, his accomplice, aged 22, who came into the country on an entry visa, was also arrested. Al Dhaheri said the accomplice had brought 7,000 narcotics pills of the same type with him, which were recovered in a raid on his residence by the drug control officers.

Both suspects admitted that the narcotics pills belonged to them and they intended to sell them using social media outlets to target young people.

The suspects were then transferred along with the seized drugs to the Public Prosecution Department.

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