AN alleged drug dealer, who helped police arrest his own cousin in exchange for a reduced sentence, has been jailed for five years.
Based on his co-operation he was not charged with selling drugs – a crime that normally attracts a 10-year prison term.
However, the High Criminal Court convicted him of using drugs, an offence that typically carries a six-month jail sentence.
The 30-year-old security guard was imprisoned for using crystal meth, known locally as shabu.
He was arrested when he agreed to sell BD200 worth of drugs to an undercover agent in Juffair last July.
However, he told police he sold drugs on behalf of his cousin and co-operated in a sting operation.
His cousin, 32, has also been jailed for five years for using crystal meth.
A third man, who was arrested in the cousin’s apartment, also received a 12-month sentence for using drugs.
The 30-year-old defendant admitted selling drugs, but claimed he handed the money over to his cousin.
“He (the 32-year-old cousin) told me to sell drugs on his behalf,” he said in his statement.
“He would give me the narcotics and I would sell them and give him the money.
“I then agreed to help the police arrest my cousin.
“I phoned him in front of authorities and went to his house, where he gave me drugs and I gave him money.”
A police officer who took part in the operation said an informant had supplied information about the drug racket.
“We found out that a Bahraini man was selling drugs from his apartment in Juffair,” the officer said in his statement to prosecutors.
“We arrested him when he agreed to sell BD200 worth of shabu to a plainclothes officer.
“He then led us to his cousin, who provided him with the narcotics.
“We apprehended his cousin and another man, who was using drugs at the latter’s apartment.”