Briton held in Dubai admits drug-trafficking: reports

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A British transit passenger has admitted in court that he had around two kilograms (4.4 pounds) of cocaine hidden in his undergarments as passed through Dubai's airport, local papers reported Monday.

The 38-year-old Briton, identified in the reports only as P.K., was arrested on February 10 and went on trial in Dubai on Sunday.

He was in transit at the busy international airport when police inspectors detected drugs hidden in his undergarments, Khaleej Times said. The alarm went off as he passed the inspection door.

"He was coming from Sao Paulo and was looking suspicious so I sent him to my superior who is responsible for the transit passengers," Khaleej Times quoted an Emirati policeman as telling prosecutors.

"When he was taken to the search room, police officers found 92 capsules he had hidden in his clothes and white powder wrapped in an adhesive transparent tape in his underwear," the daily said citing an Emirati sergeant.

The Criminal Lab report confirmed that the defendant was carrying cocaine, it added.

Police seized capsules of cocaine weighing 1.65 kilograms (3.6 pounds) and a further 810 grams (1.8 pounds) of the same drug in powder form, reports said.

Gulf News said the Briton had "confessed his guilt."

Judge Fahmi Mounir is expected to hand down his verdict on July 25, it added.

The UAE imposes tough penalties for all drug-related offences. Four years is the usual sentence for possession while trafficking carries the death penalty.

© 2010 AFP

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