Woman, 65, in dock over smuggling more than 13,000 banned tablets

DUBAI // A 65-year-old woman told a court that she made a mistake in agreeing to carry bags with more than 13,000 banned tablets through the airport and asked for mercy. Pakistani H M is charged with smuggling and possessing 13,180 Alprazolam pills, which she confessed to at Dubai Criminal Court on Thursday. On the morning […]

DUBAI // A 65-year-old woman told a court that she made a mistake in agreeing to carry bags with more than 13,000 banned tablets through the airport and asked for mercy.

Pakistani H M is charged with smuggling and possessing 13,180 Alprazolam pills, which she confessed to at Dubai Criminal Court on Thursday.

On the morning of November 9 last year, customs inspectors suspected something unusual about the defendant’s luggage at Dubai International Airport.

“We found the tablets, which are controlled by the Ministry of Health in the UAE, but as we took them out of her bags, she was simply taking them and placing them back into the bags,” testified Emirati inspector A A, 45.

He added that when she was questioned about the tablets, the woman said that a Pakistani man had given her the package and told her that a man will meet her at the hotel where she will be staying at in Naif to pick up the package.

She also told inspectors that a countrywoman met her at the airport and gave her a bag, asking her to carry it out of the airport for her.

“She [the defendant] was scared and confused and said that she was promised 20,000 Pakistani Rupees,” added the inspector.

The woman confessed to the charges in court but said it was a mistake. She awaits a verdict on February 8.

salamir@thenational.ae

Source: uae news

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