Filipina nurse gets life in prison for meth possession in Dubai
UAE authorities implement strict penalties for possession of drugs (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
A nurse has been jailed for life for possessing a tiny quantity of methamphetamine that was discovered in her underwear, which she intended to sell.
Officers seized the 0.53g of methamphetamine in the 34-year-old Filipina nurse’s, J.T., underwear during a sting operation. Her 33-year-old countryman employee, R.J., was also caught in possession of 0.46g of the same banned substance.
The Dubai Court of First Instance jailed J.T. and R.J. for life and fined each of them Dh100,000 for possessing methamphetamine for trading purposes.
The nurse and the employee denied possessing tiny quantities of methamphetamine for trading purposes.
J.T. had denied consuming methamphetamine and amphetamine.
“I did not posses any substance for trading purposes. I did not consume any banned material,” J.T. said in court. R.J. entered a not guilty plea in court.
The couple will be deported after serving their jail terms.
R.J. was cited admitting to prosecutors that he bought the methamphetamine from J.T.
Meanwhile, the nurse was quoted confessing to prosecutors that she got the methamphetamine from a person called Louis and then sold it to R.J. for Dh4,500.
A drug enforcement officer testified that an informant told them that R.J. was in possession of a mind-altering substance that he intended to sell for Dh2,500.
“We arranged with the informant to set an appointment with the defendant and we provided him with money to purchase the methamphetamine. We photocopied the money to use as evidence against the suspect in court.
The informant met the defendant in front of a mall in Al Muraqqabat. Once the informant sealed the deal with R.J., police raided the location and arrested the Filipino employee as part of the sting operation. The police money was seized in his right hand. Upon confrontation, he immediately admitted that he sold the banned substance to the informant,” said the officer.
A policewoman testified that she arrested J.T. in Ajman in a sting operation.
“When I searched her, I found two plastic pouches that contained methamphetamine hidden in her underwear,” the policewoman told prosecutors.
The accused have appealed the ruling and are scheduled to appear before the Appeal Court later this month.
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