Dubai Police have arrested 16 people and seized 365-kg of heroin, crystal meth and hashish in the UAE’s largest ever haul.
Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Merri, commander-in-chief of Dubai Police, said that the drugs, estimated to be worth AED280 million, were smuggled inside vehicle spare parts.
“It is the largest heroin seizure in the UAE,” he said. “Dubai Police arrested two international drug gangs and foiled their attempts to spread the drugs in our society. They were smuggling the drugs inside cars spare parts and stored it in a warehouse.”
The drug haul amounted to 268kg of heroin, 96kg of crystal meth and 1kg of hashish.
The police operation codenamed Stalker involved the Ajman, Sharjah and Umm Al Quwain authorities in addition to Dubai.
Major-General Khalil Ebrahim Al Mansouri, assistant commander-in-chief for Criminal Investigation Affairs, added that the case involved an exchange of information with many other countries to help catch the suspects and seize the drugs.
“Dubai Police teams collected information from different areas in the UAE and coordinated with Interpol to arrest the suspects,” he said. “Many countries helped the UAE in this case by exchanging information. The Data Analysis Centre at Dubai Police also played a major role in analysing the data and predicting the suspects’ movement.”