AN international courier company was used by smugglers to ship drugs worth nearly half a million dinars to Bahrain.
The shipment from Bangladesh contained 1,908 capsules of crystal meth, known locally as shabu, weighing 2.5kg.
However, the consignment was confiscated on arrival at Bahrain International Airport where it was intercepted by Customs officers.
The drugs, stitched inside the handles of a bag inside the package, were spotted during a routine X-ray.
A 32-year-old Bangladeshi, identified as the intended recipient, was then arrested after he showed up to collect the package.
He appeared in the High Criminal Court for the first time to plead not guilty to drug smuggling.
In his statement to prosecutors he claimed he had no idea about the drugs inside, saying he believed the package contained clothes sent by a friend.
“My friend in Bangladesh told me to pick up a bag that he would send to me,” the defendant claimed.
“He said he would give me half of the clothes as a gift, so I agreed.
“However, when officials questioned me about the bag I started to get worried.
“They found drugs inside the bag and I told them I had no idea about the narcotics.
“I cannot believe I might lose my freedom just because I wanted free clothes.
“I do not smoke or deal drugs and was set up by a friend.”
The package arrived in Bahrain on May 19 and was sent through DHL.
A Customs officer said he became suspicious about its contents when he noticed something unusual on the X-ray.
“I suspected that the bag may contain illegal items after spotting capsules inside the straps,” he told prosecutors.
“We then phoned the person (named as the recipient) to collect his delivery, but when he arrived he looked worried.
“We asked him what was inside the bag and he said clothes.
“However, we found 1,908 red capsules weighing 2.5 kilos of shabu inside blue bags.
“They were hidden inside the bag’s straps.”
The trial was adjourned until August 14 for review.