Three in jail for heroin smuggling




THREE men who smuggled pure heroin worth an estimated BD2 million into Bahrain have been jailed for 15 years each.

The Pakistanis operated under the radar for months by never meeting customers in person and wiring money to Pakistan before handing over drugs.

They would then contact their customers from different phone numbers, instructing them about the location of the drugs.

The three were found guilty of smuggling, dealing and possessing drugs yesterday by the High Criminal Court, which also fined them BD5,000 each.

All will be deported after completing their sentences.

Meanwhile, 18 Bahrainis were also jailed for 12 months and fined BD1,000 each for possessing heroin.

An investigating detective told prosecutors that a 20-year-old Pakistani nicknamed “Farooq” led the smuggling operation.

He said he smuggled the drugs from Pakistan to Bahrain where two others helped deliver them to different locations for dead drops.

Prosecutors said the gang’s methods made it difficult for the drug squad to obtain incriminating evidence.

However, police received a tip-off about their location in Muharraq – resulting in one of the biggest drug seizures of last year.

Officers raided a property in October last year and seized 2kg of pure heroin and heroin-saturated clothes, a quantity of narcotic pills and equipment.

Investigations revealed the gang had already transferred BD775,000 of their earnings from drug dealing to Pakistan.

According to sources, the suspects cut heroin with other substances and sold sachets weighing less than a gram for BD10 each.

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