- The drugs, weighing 1kg, have been valued at Dh500,000, according to a top police officer.
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The drugs, weighing 1kg, have been valued at Dh500,000, according to a top police officer.
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Major-General Ali Abdullah bin Alwan Al Nuaimi, Commander-in-Chief of the RAK Police, said the narcotics have been extracted from the guts of a passenger at the arrivals terminal.
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Col Ibrahim Kabtin, Director of the RAK Anti-Narcotics Department, said they were initially alerted by police sources that a passenger would try to smuggle narcotics into the country through the RAK International Airport.
A team was formed to monitor the suspect when he arrived at the airport. "The Asian suspect looked anxious and exhausted, but managed to safely head to a hotel apartment in the emirate."
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The anti-narcotics team raided the man's room, where 98 capsules of heroin were found. "Five other capsules were later extracted from his guts at the hospital."
The suspect admitted to having swallowed 103 capsules of heroin to smuggle into the country. "He told the police that he swallowed the narcotics one day before flying to the country."
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The druggie swallowed the narcotics and stopped eating for around 24 hours to keep the capsules undamaged, he elaborated. "That posed a grave risk to his life as any leak would have poisoned him," he said, adding that the suspect and drugs were referred to the public prosecution.
Studies show that young people between 14-20 years of age are not aware of the consequences of drug addiction. Some of the drugs are affordable and easily accessible, hence the youngsters fall prey to wicked drug dealers, Col Kabtin pointed out.
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"Heroin abuse is associated with serious health conditions, spanning fatal overdose, spontaneous abortion and infectious diseases, like AIDS and hepatitis, while opium can lead to lung cancer, heightened anxiety, weight loss, mental deterioration, potential death, and various health, emotional and social problems."