Dubai: Airport security officers intercepted two drug mules carrying 5.361kg of cocaine worth around Dhs8 million, reported the Dubai Police Anti-Narcotics department on Sunday.
In the first operation, the police intercepted a Tanzanian man, SK, who had arrived from Sao Paulo in Brazil. He was arrested at Dubai International Airport following a tipoff that he was carrying drugs.
Anti-narcotics and custom officers subjected him to a body search and detected suspicious lumps in his stomach. He was taken to Rashid Hospital where 103 capsules containing 2.177kg of cocaine were seized.
In the second incident, a Guyanese woman, identified as NR, was intercepted at the Dubai airport on her way from Sao Paulo to Johannesburg in South Africa.
As per the information with the police, the officers checked her handbag and seized three plastic bags containing 3.184kg of cocaine.
During police questioning, she reportedly claimed that a female friend in Guyana had lured her with a big cash reward in case she agreed to smuggle the contraband.
She directed her to a man in Sao Paulo who gave her a handbag of drugs to be taken to Johannesburg.
“He requested me to deliver them to a man in South Africa and that the latter was waiting for me at the airport with a reward of $3,500 if all went well,” said NR.