Dubai busts WhatsApp drugs gang targeting youth

By Eudore R. Chand

DUBAI 25 November 2019: Dubai Police has busted an Arab gang involved in drug trafficking and organized crime, targeting young people of 18 to 30 years of age.

Maj. Gen. Expert Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansoori, Assistant Commander for Criminal Investigation Affairs at Dubai Police said the gang used social media platforms to promote drugs. Upon receiving payments, they transferred it from one member’s bank account to another until it finally reached the mastermind who currently resides in one of the Arab countries.

He did not elaborate on the country of residence.

The bust was the culmination of ‘Operation 12’ as this number repetitively appeared throughout the case.

Brigadier Eid Mohammed Thani Hareb, Director of the General Department of Anti-Narcotics, said the Investigation Team was notified by an anonymous person, that an employee at a printing office was promoting drugs via WhatsApp.

“After identifying the suspect, the team tracked his movements and arrested him at his apartment where some of the narcotic substances were found,” Brig. Hareb added.

He said that the gang included a bank employee who abused his position  to receive, pass suspicious transfers and hide evidence from the bank management. The total amount of hidden transfers that he had done over two years amounted to Dh12 million. The gang also consisted of four other suspects who were working in different private sectors in the country. The gang members were managed by an Arab mastermind who lives outside the country.

All suspects were arrested in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, respectively, and transferred to the competent legal authorities.

Dubai Gazette