The First High Criminal Court yesterday sentenced an expat man to five years imprisonment for attempting to smuggle narcotics into Bahrain by hiding them in jars of pickled vegetables and fruits. The court also fined the defendant BD3,000 and ordered him to be deported.
The defendant was suspected by an officer of the Customs Department while the former was entering Bahrain coming from Bangladesh through Bahrain International Airport last June. According to the officer’s testimony, a total of 2,055 prescription pills were found hidden in a plastic jar filled with pickles. Further investigation of the Anti-Narcotics Department in Interior Ministry showed that the defendant is a member of a trafficking ring and that he smuggled the narcotics in return of BD 60.
In the interrogation, the defendant stated that he worked in a sandwich-making shop in Bahrain and that he was asked by a friend in Bangladesh to smuggle the narcotics after he was promised that it is safe and he will not be harmed.