Cleaner accused of smuggling contraband into Dubai jail
A cleaner has been charged with smuggling contraband into Dubai Central Jail in his underwear and dishing out the goods to prisoners inside.
Dubai Court of First Instance was yesterday told that the Ugandan got involved in the smuggling racket after an inmate approached him in the prison yard and handed him a piece of paper with a phone number written on.
The defendant claims the prisoner asked him to call the number.
“The number was for an Emirati student who was a friend of the inmate,” the defendant stated in official records.
It is alleged the cleaner struck a deal with the student to ferry drugs, cash and mobile phones into the prison.
He stated: “The student asked me to take forbidden items into the prison. He gave me two mobile phones and Dhs300 to give to the inmate and he paid me Dhs300.”
The court was told that after the first successful attempt in July last year, the 35-year-old sneaked more phones, cigarettes and drugs in to the prisoner by concealing the contraband in his underwear.
The cleaner’s alleged dirty work only came to an end when Dubai Police received a tip-off and begun monitoring him. Officers stopped him in Jebel Ali and he was allegedly carrying drugs.
An Emirati policeman stated in court records: “We found mobile phones, 3.68g hashish and 357 illegal painkillers pills on him. He confessed that an Emirati student gave it to him to take to his friend. He was being paid Dhs1,000 for this job.”
During police questioning the cleaner admitted taking four mobile phones, 10 lighters, tobacco and Dhs500 from the Emirati student to smuggle to his pal.
However, he claimed that instead of handing the goods over he kept them and inspectors found it all when they searched his home.
The 27-year-old Emirati student is also on trial for possessing drugs.
The two have denied the charges and the case was adjourned.
An Emirati policeman stated in court records: “We found mobile phones, 3.68g of hashish and 357 illegal painkillers pills on him.
“He confessed that an Emirati student had given the items to him to take to his friend.”
The policeman added: “He was being paid Dhs1,000 for this job.”
The court was told that during questioning, the cleaner admitted taking four mobile phones, 10 lighters, tobacco and Dhs500 from the Emirati student in exchange for smuggling in drugs to his pal.
However, he claimed that instead of handing the goods over, he kept them and claimed they had been confiscated by prison officials.
The 27-year-old Emirati student accused of acting as the middleman is also on trial, charged with possessing drugs.
Both the defendants have denied the charges. The case has been adjourned to a later date.