A CONVICTED drug dealer allegedly smuggled thousands of dinars worth of drugs into the country while behind bars, a court heard.
The 30-year-old Bahraini is serving a 10-year prison sentence at Jaw Prison for selling hashish, but has gone on trial at the High Criminal Court for allegedly smuggling large hauls of drugs which his supplier dumped in the sea off the coast of Bahrain.
Two other men, aged 24 and 26, have also been implicated in the case for allegedly following the convict’s orders to retrieve the bags of hashish and methamphetamine, locally called shabu, from the sea bed.
They have been charged with attempting to smuggle drugs and sailing in a restricted area.
A third man, who works for the Bahrain Defence Force, was also accused of drug dealing and is standing trial in a military court, according to court files.
“(The convict) managed to smuggle a lot of narcotics into the country via the sea while he was in prison,” said a police detective, aged 37, in his statement to the Public Prosecution.
“A BDF officer who was caught selling drugs on behalf of the defendant informed authorities about the latter’s operations.
“Two men were also arrested when they attempted to retrieve six large pieces of hashish from the seabed in addition to two big bags full of shabu.
“They admitted that the inmate phoned them while he was in prison and ordered them to collect the drugs from the sea.
“They also led authorities to the location of the drugs which have been confiscated.”
A Coastguard official told prosecutors that the two co-defendants raised suspicions when they entered a restricted area at sea.
“Their actions were suspicious before we asked them what they were doing at sea and they claimed they were just fishing and got lost,” the 27-year-old official said in his statement.
“However, we noticed that they did not have sufficient petrol on their boat to go fishing and then they admitted they were going to retrieve narcotics from the seabed.
“They then informed us that the inmate had gave them money to collect the drugs.
“Also, while in our custody the inmate called them from prison to (ask about the haul).”
The defendants are expected to appear in court on December 13.