Eleven people were arrested by a special team from the Interior Ministry for attempting to smuggle drugs into the Kingdom from Iran through the sea, said the General Directorate of Criminal Investigation and Forensic Science yesterday.
The seized drugs are nearly worth BD1.650 million in the illegal market, according to the directorate.
The arrested include Ghulam Redha Ali Mohammed, 69, Ahmed Musa Ahmed Musa, 48, Ali Mirza Asaad Mohammed, 57, Jassim Mohammed Ahmed, 44 and Saleh Ahmed Abdullah, 82.
“Mr Ghulam was earlier convicted of drug smuggling. He has also cases against him for engaging in money laundering,” the directorate said.
Mr Ahmed, the second accused is a major drug dealer, according to the directorate.
“He receives large quantities of narcotics and distributes them for money.”
“Mr Saleh, the fifth accused, is part of the illegal money laundering racket, which controls the drugs network based in Iran,” it added.
The directorate said that different quantities of hashish, marijuana and shabu were seized from the accused, along with currencies of different nations including Bahraini dinars, Iranian and Saudi riyals. Legal proceedings are being taken and the case has been referred to the Public Prosecution, the directorate added.
Coast Guard patrols in the Kingdom have, many a time in the past, succeeded in foiling attempts to smuggle large quantities of narcotics via the sea from Iran. Many accused are facing trial in the Kingdom while scores have been sentenced in drugs smuggling cases.
Source: DT News