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59 arrested and 39 bank accounts frozen in AED800k drug trafficking operation

The offence 

Criminals used social media to distribute various illegal substances across the UAE (Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Dubai, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, and Al Ain). 


The process 

In September 2020, the UAE FIU received 39 freeze orders from the UAE Federal Public Prosecution in a case involving drug smuggling and distribution across the UAE.  

The freeze orders related to bank accounts opened by the criminals in various UAE financial institutions and were part of a wider two-month operation involving the seizure of 72kg of heroin, marijuana and crystal meth.  


The outcome 

59 suspects of various nationalities were arrested for distributing drugs or collecting associated payments. The authorities seized AED 800,000 and 39 bank accounts were frozen.