The Abu Dhabi Judicial Department sentenced 2 expats to death for possessing and dealing narcotics and psychotropic substances in the capital, as stated on Abu Dhabi Judicial Department LinkedIn profile.
The 2 men are from the Philipines and they’ve been selling drugs on behalf of overseas criminals. The people behind the operations were notifying the 2 men of the locations to collect the drugs. They then divided and packaged the drugs themselves to distribute them. They also forwarded images of the drugs and their coordinates to customers via WhatsApp.
The case was forwarded to Abu Dhabi Public Prosecution and a warrant for their arrest was issued
Although the recent laws have changed towards drug addicts, people caught with quantities that fall under dealing remain strict
They were arrested and their homes were searched following the police investigation. There they found a crystalline substance which upon analysis was confirmed to be a prohibited psychotropic substance. Officers also found the mobile phones they used to sell the drugs on social media.
The court ordered the confiscation and destruction of everything related to the crimes including the drugs, the suspects’ mobile phones, and the proceeds from the dealings.
There have been recent changes made to the law meaning judges can order rehabilitation and have more leniency when dealing with addicts and people caught with small amounts of drugs. That is not the case for people caught with major amounts of drugs and those who deal and supply. The penalties include life imprisonment and death.
Drug user would not be prosecuted if he/she comes forward to the authorities to seek treatment for addiction.
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— Dubai Policeشرطة دبي (@DubaiPoliceHQ) January 25, 2020