UAE Police Detain International Drug Lord

Dubai police detained a drug lord of an international criminal gang involved in trafficking and smuggling operations across Europe and South America.

Dubai’s anti-drug operation was launched in coordination and jointly with police agencies in France, Spain, and Colombia, in which 18 other members of the same gang were detained in different countries.

Police said that the collective operation also led to the seizure of 22 tonnes of cocaine mixed with sugar from a ship coming from Colombia to France.

“The operation titled (Sugar Cane) was a major success after the arrest of the main suspect identified as M.D. who was a drug lord of the gang,” Lt General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-In-Chief of Dubai Police said.

“We have started preparation to nab the gang one year ago after we received reports that they are planning to establish fake commercial companies to operate between South America and Europe during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Brigadier Eid Mohammed Hareb, Director of the Anti-Narcotic Department in Dubai Police.

According to Hareb, the smugglers were shipping food containers mixed with cocaine through the port of Le Havre in France, which the French police and customs authorities discovered. 

French police arrested 10 smugglers in Paris, Cannes, Meudon, and Lyon, and one of them was an expert in separating cocaine from sugar.

Another seven members of the group were arrested in Madrid and Barcelona, Gulf Times reported.

“We were able to finally bust the smugglers and the sugar containers from Colombia to France and Spain were under our surveillance till the end of our operation,” Hareb added.

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