55kg of heroin, 10kg of opium, and 15,000 pills (3kg) of Tramadol worth over Dh27m seized; seven arrested.
The anti-narcotics department of the Ras Al Khaimah Police recently seized over 68kg of narcotics worth about Dh27.664 million in three separate operations.
Brigadier Abdullah Khamis Al Hadidi, Director-General of Police Operations, on Tuesday said the drugs seized include 55kg of heroin, 10kg of opium, and 15,000 pills (3kg) of Tramadol.
“As per the street market price the heroin seized is valued at Dh27.5 million, while the opium stands at Dh14,000, and the Tramadol is worth Dh150,000.”
Col Ibrahim Ali Kabtin, Director of the police’s Anti-Narcotics Department, said they were alerted about the seven drug dealers by undercover agents.
“We were tipped that the seven suspects, including two Asians, one Gulf citizen, and four Emiratis — who were all later arrested — possessed a large amount of drugs with the intent of trafficking.”
Three different surveillance teams were formed to track the suspects round the clock and traps were set as per the conditions of each drug haul, he added.
“In the first operation, two Asian residents were arrested with 55kg of heroin, while a Gulf citizen was detained with 10kg of opium in the second operation.”
In the third operation, four Emirati nationals were caught with 15,000 Tramadol pills, he said, noting that the seven suspects were referred to the RAK Public Prosecution for legal action.
Warning the public, he said drug traffickers are targeting all segments of the society, particularly the youth.
“The Anti-Narcotics Department spares no effort to spread awareness about the grave dangers of these drugs.”
The Ras Al Khaimah Police recently visited several private, public schools and universities, and delivered lectures and distributed brochures and pamphlets on the risks of narcotics.
“Studies show that young people in the age group 14-20 are not much aware of the consequences of addiction to drugs, particularly tramadol which is affordable, and hence they are easy targets for the shrewd drug dealers.”
Tramadol is highly restricted as per the ministerial decree 15/2011 and article 5/145 of the Common Customs Law for GCC States, he said. “Medical reports show that Tramadol can cause shortness of breath, skeletal muscles relaxation, comma, convulsions, bradycardia, low blood pressure, heart failure and death.”
Similarly, heroin abuse is associated with serious health conditions, spanning fatal overdose, spontaneous abortion, and infectious diseases, like AIDS and hepatitis, while opium can lead to lung cancer, heightened anxiety, weight loss, mental deterioration, potential death, and various health, emotional and social problems.