Man gets 7 year jail sentence for attempting to smuggle drugs at Dubai airport

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A man was sentenced to seven years in prison, and fined 20,000 dirhams ($5,445), after being caught with over a thousand drug capsules in his possession by Dubai Airport customs.

The 28-year-old was questioned by airport officials after “acting suspiciously”, according to local Arabic sources cited by Khaleej Times.


The man’s hand luggage was searched and the capsules were found on top of the rest of his items.

Analyzing the 1,120 capsules, officials found they were Pregabalin, a medication widely known and marketed as "Lyrica" .

The man’s alibi was that the pills were for his brother who resides in Dubai, but officials remained unconvinced and reported the case.

The man is set to be deported back to his country after serving his jail term.

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