A criminal court here is hearing a case involving four Asians accused of smuggling drugs into the country using a fishing boat. The consignment, according to the prosecution, consisted of 192 kg of hashish and opium, and was stored in sacks in the boat.
A lieutenant from the Anti-Drug Enforcement Directorate, deposing as a key witness, told the court they had received a tip-off that the consignment was to be delivered near the coast off Mesaieed.
The Directorate, after confirming that the information was correct, laid a trap and succeeded in nabbing the culprits as soon as they landed on the coast and delivered the consignment, he said.
Coming in from a neighbouring country, the boat entered Qatar’s territorial waters in the wee hours of the morning and touched the coast near Mesaieed. There, a man was waiting to take delivery of the consignment.
A police party was also lurking in the shadows. The witness said the boat did not arrive at the appointed time as it had apparently developed some technical snag.
The accused tried to flee in the boat but the cops chased and cornered them and took them into custody.
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