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War on drugs: Dubai Police seize 648kg in illegal substances

Police offices also coordinated with 82 countries around the world

War on drugs: Dubai Police seize 648kg in illegal substances
Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Merri, chief of Dubai Police, chairs the evaluation meeting with officers of the Anti-Narcotics Department of Dubai Police.

Dubai Police reported another surge in the amount of illegal drugs seized last year and also coordinated with dozens of countries around the world in a bid to halt the global trade.

Dubai Police said it seized 648kg of drugs in the first half of 2019, including cocaine, heroin, crystal meth, opium and marijuana.

This was compared to 501kg seized in the same period last year, a year-on-year increase of around 30 percent.

Dubai Police officers also forwarded tips to other police forces in 82 countries, which led to the arrest of 23 defendants and the seizure of 330kg of drugs.

The Anti-Narcotics Department of Dubai Police monitors websites in the emirate which they suspect are selling illegal drugs and this year blocked 20 sites engaged in such activity, according to Gulf News.

Stricter laws

The latest statistics come as it was revealed in May that the majority of Arab youth believe illegal drugs are on the rise and authorities must introduce stricter laws to curb their usage as they are too easy to obtain.

The results of the latest ASDA’A BCW Arab Youth Survey found that 57 percent believe drugs are easy to obtain in their home country, with the data ranging from 70 percent in the Levant countries to 32 percent in the GCC.

Peer pressure was the main reason given for this rise by 62 percent of respondents, followed by stress relief (45 percent), boredom (43 percent) and lack of entertainment options (41 percent).

The survey’s respondents took a hard-line on how authorities should respond with 63 percent of Arab youth calling for stricter laws related to illegal drugs. Over half (58 percent) also called for more efficient law enforcement, 54 percent demanded better education and awareness of the negative effects of drugs and 50 percent said governments should offer better rehabilitation and counselling services.

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