Dubai: Police in Dubai have foiled an attempt to smuggle 500kg of cocaine with a street value of more than $136 million in what the force says is the region’s biggest drug bust.
One man, who police say is the intermediary for an international crime syndicate, was arrested. The narcotics were found hidden within the paneling of a freight container that arrived at a seaport.
Acting on a tip-off, police kept a watch on the suspect as part of “Operation Scorpion” as the man transported the container to a warehouse in a different emirate.
He was then seen purchasing power tools including angle grinders that police say he intended to use to access the hidden drugs.
Police raided the warehouse and “caught the man red-handed and seized the narcotics,” said Colonel Khalid bin Muwaiza, deputy director of the General Department of Anti-Narcotics, in a statement on the Dubai Police Facebook page.
Police did not identify the man but said he was of Middle Eastern origin.
In early September, Abu Dhabi Police seized 815kg of narcotics in a drug bust after monitoring social media messages.
The force said that dealers were using social media to promote their services, saying they could deliver drugs anywhere across the UAE.