UAE police on Wednesday said they have arrested one hundred traffickers in Dubai city, who targeted the public through an illicit WhatsApp drug delivery service.
Dubai police in a statement said the suspects were arrested during a major “crime-fighting campaign”.
Col Abdullah Al Khayat, manager of Hemaya International Center at Dubai Police, said that the “Unknown Messages campaign” is a crackdown on traffickers who provided what he described as a “drug delivery” service.
“Traffickers send messages from unknown numbers to residents across the country offering them different types of drugs such as hashish, crystal meth, and illegal painkillers,” Al Khayat added.
According to Al Khayat, police worked with the UAE’s telecommunications providers, Etisalat and du, as well as the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and the Central Bank to raise awareness of the WhatsApp drug networks. “We sent warning alerts to 18 million du and Etisalat users.”
“RTA shared more than 77 million warning and educating messages across its different fleets and another 91 million were posted on ATMs in the country,” Al Khayat added.
People living in Dubai have been urged to take the screenshots of messages they receive from drug traffickers and send them to the police in order to take on-time action.
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