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Police cooperate with Saudi officials to arrest drug smugglers.

Byline: Authorities seize 158,000 capsules of synthetic prodrug Captagon.

Dubai: Joint efforts by Dubai Police and Saudi officials have thwarted an operation seeking to smuggle 158,000 capsules of Captagon, an illegal drug, into a neighbouring Gulf country.

The police arrested three people involved in the smuggling of more than 22.8 kilos of the drug with an estimated value of Dh120,000, said Brigadier Abdul Jaleel Mehdi, director-general of the narcotics department.

Fenethylline, also spelled Phenethylline and marketed under the brand name Captagon, is a synthetic prodrug used as a stimulant.

A prodrug is a drug that is administered in an inactive - or significantly less active - form.

Sources close to the narcotics department were informed early this month about the presence of a car in an abandoned area with drugs concealed in its fuel tank.

With the cooperation of the Saudi officials, the narcotics department located the vehicle and formed a specialised team to investigate.

The area was closely monitored and an ambush was set to capture the individuals involved in the smuggling. The team managed to arrest two Arab nationals who were trying to move the car.

Both denied knowing about the drugs hidden in the vehicle, saying it was bought from a third person.

The police also caught a third suspect and referred all three to the public prosecution.

The owner of the drugs remains at large, said Mehdi, adding that the drugs were smuggled from one Arab country to another.

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
Date:Mar 17, 2009
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