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Dubai nabs man with heroin worth $1.5m in stomach: Report

Published on Nov 14, 2012 8:09 PM

DUBAI (AFP) - Customs officials at Dubai airport have arrested an Asian man attempting to smuggle 1.58 kg of heroin worth US$1.2 million (S$1.5 million) in his stomach, local media reported on Wednesday.

"The contraband was stuffed in 133 capsules concealed in the guts of an Asian passenger" who arrived at Dubai International Airport, local daily Khaleej Times reported.

The man was subjected to a body scan and when questioned, said he was planning to deliver the drugs to someone living in Dubai in return for a cash payment, the report said, without identifying the suspect or his nationality.

It said that in a series of busts in May and last month, Dubai customs foiled seven attempts to smuggle a total of 6.6 kg of heroin, worth around US$2.7 million, through the United Arab Emirates (UAE) borders.

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