By Gavin Gibbon
'Operation LiStah' at Dubai Creek Harbour saw 194kg of drugs seized and 12 Asian nationals arrested
Dubai Police have smashed an international drug trafficking operation, arresting 12 Asian nationals from two gangs and seizing 194kg of drugs including cannabis, crystal, opium and heroin.
The operation, dubbed ‘LiStah’, was carried out in Al Ras at Dubai Creek Harbour by Dubai Police’s Control and Investigation team, in coordination with the general department of criminal investigation, the general department of protective security and emergency and Dubai Customs.
Major General Khalil Ibrahim Al-Mansouri, assistant commandant for Criminal Investigation Affairs at Dubai Police, revealed the smugglers used different methods to hide drugs including modifying the structure of the first dhow.
“When the raid team boarded the boat, they found with the support of the Dubai Police specialised teams, large quantities of drugs hidden in different places between the wood panels under the deck of the boat,” he said.
Al-Mansouri explained that members of the control and investigation team managed to arrest one of the gang members, who had entered the country as a visitor. “His real role is to receive drugs for storage and promotion among members of the community in the UAE.
“At his place, the suspect hid nine cylindrical plastic containers, containing large quantities of cannabis, crystal drugs and a scale, which confirms his criminal activity and his involvement in the trafficking and promoting drugs,” Al-Mansouri said.
Following the seizure on the dhow boat, police were aware of a second boat in the Dubai Creek marina with a number of sailors on board carrying a large quantity of drugs, which had been brought to the country for trafficking and to sell.
"This operation was a severe and painful blow for all drug dealers," said Colonel Khaled Ali Bin Moyeza, deputy director of the General Department of Anti-Narcotics.