Drugs sting nets 23 kilos of heroin
Dubai: Police say they have arrested members of a drug trafficking gang in the Al Baraha area, in one of its biggest operations this year.
The gang's leader was a woman, police said.
The suspects had allegedly hidden 23 kilogrammes of heroin they intended to smuggle into other countries inside tennis balls and edible capsules, wrapped in newspapers and plastic bags.
A spokesman from the General Department for Combating Narcotics at Dubai Police said: "The operation was called ‘Black Widow' since the leader of the gang was a widowed woman from an Asian country that had organised the drug trafficking operation". He said of five suspect arrested, four were Asian and one was African.
Dubai Police said they received a tip-off about the gang's location in the Al Baraha area. After investigations, Dubai police raided the alleged drug traffickers' hideout on October 19 and arrested the gang leader (S.Z.) and another suspect (N.S.). Other suspects (K.A.) and (A.M.) were arrested in another sting operation outside the hideout, police said. The last suspect was arrested the same night at 2am in a nearby hotel.
Dubai police said the suspects confessed to running drug trafficking operations for about five years. The gang allegedly moved the drugs by swallowing them in edible capsules.
Major General Abdul Jaleel Mohammad, Director of the General Department for Combating Narcotics at Dubai Police, said that this arrest was one of the most important of this year. Maj. Gen. Mohammad also said Dubai Police seized a significant amount of cash from various countries which police allege was confirmation that the gang's operations were international.