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Testimony in smuggling case pending.

EXPERT forensic testimony is still pending in the case of 10 defendants accused of attempting to smuggle drugs worth more than BD1.6 million into Bahrain.

The huge shipment was intercepted at sea and several suspects were taken into custody, including a 69-year-old Bahraini accused of masterminding the operation and an 82-year-old man allegedly in charge of handling the money.

The GDN reported on February 20 that officers seized hashish, crystal meth (locally known as shabu) and marijuana from a boat that was heading from Iran to Bahrain.

The alleged mastermind was identified as Ghulam Redha Ali Mohammed who had previously been jailed for smuggling drugs and had a history of money laundering.

The Interior Ministry had also named four other prominent members of the alleged drug trafficking ring including Saleh Ahmed Abdullah, aged 82, who was accused of transferring money gained from the drug trade to a man in Iran.

Ahmed Musa Ahmed, aged 48, was revealed as the main drug dealer as he collected and sold large hauls of narcotics while 57-year-old Ali Mirza Asad and 44-year-old Jassim Mohammed Ahmed also sold drugs.

The High Criminal Court yesterday adjourned the trial until July 10 for lawyers to present an argument and bring in an expert to testify.

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
Date:Jun 26, 2019
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