By Martin Morris
Suspect arrested in Al Shahama district; 2nd suspect said still at large.
Abu Dhabi police have seized 22.5kg of hashish hidden in a suitcase, Colonel Maktoum Al Sheriefi, director of the police's Criminal Investigation Department (CID) said on Saturday.
He confirmed that police seized a suspect in the Al Shahama district before he had a chance to distribute the drugs, news agency WAM reported.
Lt. Colonel Sultan Sawayeh Al Darmeki, head of the Anti Narcotics Section of the CID, said it was tipped off that the accused, identified as K.E.T. 32, was in possession of a large quantity of hashish and intended distributing it throughout the emirate.
Based on the information, the squad obtained a search warrant and caught the suspect, who works as a taxi controller in Al Shahama, red handed with the suitcase in the back seat of his vehicle. Searching the bag, the squad found 11 medium sized chunks of hash wrapped in plastic with the message "Beauty of 2008" written on each piece.
Interrogated by the police, the accused confessed to his crime, but denied he intended distributing the drugs, claiming the suitcase belonged to another suspect, identified as J.H., who had left it in the car.
The second suspect is still at large.