By Gavin Gibbon
Police seized 5.6 tonnes of Captagon pills and arrested four Arab smugglers
A sharp-nosed police dog has helped Dubai Police bust one of the emirate's largest drug smuggling syndicates worth AED1.8 billion ($490m).
The special operation was named ‘Pule 2’ after the highly trained dog, and saw the police seize 5.6 tonnes of Captagon pills.
The gang, spearheaded by a 70-year-old Arab based in Sharjah, attempted to smuggle the pills through a shipment of electricity cables from Syria to Jebel Ali. The shipment was to be re-exported to another Arab country, investigations showed.
The suspect had received financial aid from a charity organisation after claiming to be unemployed, the police said.
Addressing a news conference on Wednesday, Major-General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri said 'operation Pule 2' involved officers searching and investigating over 200 containers to detect the drugs. Within ten days, Pule sniffed out the entire illegal consignment.
The police's anti-narcotics division then monitored trucks used to transport the cables with the drugs to Sharjah and Ajman. The 15-day surveillance led the police to the four Arab smugglers - the 70-year-old, his assistant and two truck drivers - who were caught red-handed on January 28 this year.
Further investigations revealed the smuggling bid was made in partnership with the 70-year-old suspect's brother, who is based in a "Eurasian country".
Police said Pule has previously helped the police bust three other drug smuggling bids.
Captagon used to be prescribed to treat narcolepsy and depression, but the medical community determined that the drug's addictive properties outweighed its clinical benefits in 1980.
#Video | Dubai Police reveal the details involving the arrest of drug trafficking gang, & the seizure of more than 35 million pills of Captagon , weighing around 5 tonnes.#Pule2 pic.twitter.com/kkwsjDur7j— Dubai Policeشرطة دبي (@DubaiPoliceHQ) February 26, 2020