By Sarah Townsend
Defendant says he did not know what the package contained and was merely doing a favour for a friend
A man arrested while allegedly trying to sell BD3,250 ($8,000) of heroin to an undercover police officer in Bahrain has claimed he did not know what the package contained and was merely doing a favour for a friend.
According to court documents, the 28-year-old Pakistani man was caught on January 27 trying to sell 25 capsules of the drug in the Dry Dock area of Muharraq.
He appeared in court on Wednesday to deny possessing and dealing drugs, reported Gulf Daily News.
The newspaper quoted the defendant as telling judges he was merely “transporting” the package for a friend who had promised to cancel his 850,000 Pakistani rupees (BD3,144) debt in return.
“My friend in Pakistan called me and said that if I did him a favour he would cancel my debt,” the defendant said.
“He told me to go and pick up a nylon bag from some waste ground in Riffa.
“He then gave me a mobile number for a man in Bahrain to call and deliver the package to.
“He did not tell me what was inside the package and I used public transportation to reach the person in Bahrain.
“I then met the person in Hidd at 6am and suddenly police swooped in and arrested me.
“I did not do anything wrong as I was just doing my friend a favour.”
But a detective reportedly told prosecutors they had pursued the defendant after investigations proved he had sold heroin in Muharraq before.
The detective said: “We received information about a man selling heroin in Muharraq.
“We found out he was selling the drug from BD130 upwards.
"A secret source phoned the defendant and he agreed to sell him 25 capsules of heroin for BD3,250.
“The defendant was then arrested redhanded in Muharraq selling the drugs.”
The case continues.