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Posted On: 25 February 2009 09:21 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:09 pm

Drug smuggler gets 10-year jail

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A local man was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment and fined QR300,000 for trying to smuggle drugs into Qatar for trade. The court also ordered to confiscate from the 31-year-old, 936gm of hashish and 37 Keptagon pills and less than a gram of amphetamine. The court heard how the accused was stopped at the Abu Samra checkpoint early morning on June 28, 2007, carrying the banned substances in his car. The accused was returning to Qatar along with his wife and children. A border officer told the interrogators that the drugs were found between the two front seats and the accused admitted that they belonged to him. The officer also said that the accused showed them cigarettes of hashish roll, hidden in the drawer. When confronted with the substance, the accused told the interrogators that someone placed them in the car with malicious intent. The officer said that the quantity of drugs indicated that they were meant for trade. A technical report found there was no defect in the car’s windows, which meant no one had kept the drugs from outside. The court dismissed the suspect’s denial saying that it is satisfied with his confession in the police and public prosecution. The ruling is still open for appeal.