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Sun 5 Jul 2009 12:03 AM

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Abu Dhabi police in Dh7.34m drugs bust

Hashish concealed in a consignment of animal fodder. One suspect arrested, other flees UAE.

Police in Abu Dhabi have seized 734 kilograms of hashish with a street value of AED7.34 million smuggled in by two Asian nationals, Emirati police said on Saturday.The police, quoted by news agency WAM, said the drugs were found in Mussafah, near Abu Dhabi, concealed in a consignment of animal fodder after its transfer from 'another member' of the UAE.

One of the suspected traffickers had been arrested while the other, the alleged head of a smuggling ring, managed to leave the UAE where he had arrived as a visitor.

In early June, Dubai police busted a four-member Asian ring which had smuggled in 41 kilograms (90 pounds) of heroin valued at 5.4 million dollars.

Several foreigners in the UAE, which imposes the death penalty for drug trafficking, have been condemned to death in recent years but no such executions have been announced.

The sentences are often commuted to life in prison.

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