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Police bust two gangs involved in selling adulterated saffron.

Dubai Two gangs have been arrested for trading in adulterated saffron and selling it as the original imported product, Dubai Police has announced.

According to Lieutenant General Saleh Juma Bu Aseebah, Director of the Economic Crime Combating Department, the police were tipped off in June about a group of Asians involved in making and selling adulterated saffron.

After verifying the information, a team started monitoring the gang's movements and set a trap to arrest them red-handed. The team found out that the gang used corn silk, which was coloured red and mixed with a small amount of original saffron to make it look and smell like the real stuff.

Residence raided

By the end of June, the police team located the residence of one of the suspects in Deira and raided it. They found the suspect in the process of mixing saffron with corn silk. They also seized 58 boxes and 22 plastic bags containing adulterated saffron, as well as four bottles of red colouring agent and other equipment used for packaging.

Meanwhile, another team monitored a different group who traded in adulterated saffron. One of the team members contacted them posing as a merchant and ordered 250 kilogrammes for Dh35,000.

He was arrested after the completion of the transaction. He had another 10kg of saffron which he was going to sell in the market.

While the first gang adulterated the saffron themselves, the second imported it from an Asian country.

They were referred to Public Prosecution and charged with endangering people's lives and commercial fraud.

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
Date:Jul 5, 2011
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