Three international gang members were busted by Dubai police with almost 52kg of drugs in what seems to be a months old operation, Dubai Police announced on its Instagram account on Tuesday.
Major-General Abdullah Khalifa al-Marri, commander-in-chief of the Dubai Police, said the drug dealers were of multiple nationalities.
The Instagram post’s caption mentioned that the seized drugs are varying amounts f heroin, cocaine, and hashish.
A top official told Khaleej Times that one gang was making use of Dubai’s strategic location to ship drugs to other areas including South America, Asia and Africa.
The video posted on @DubaiPoliceHQ’s Instagram account shows the first of three operations.
In the first operation, the police seized 13kg of cocaine with the arrest of six suspects, who were trying to smuggle the drugs as an oil paint shipment, according to Major-General Khalil Ibrahim al-Mansouri, Assistant Commander-in-Chief for criminal investigation.
In the second operation, 14.4kg of heroin were seized from a dhow, and two suspects were arrested.
In the third operation, where 24.4kg of hashish were smuggled from a neighboring country, the three suspects were arrested from a shopping mall in a sting operation.
The suspects will undergo further investigations by the public prosecution.