Bahrain: Thai Drugs Sellers Acquitted After ‘Exposing Drug Lord’

The First High Criminal Court has acquitted two Thai women from the charges of selling drugs, sparing them a jail term of up to five years imprisonment, after they led the cops to their drug dealer, another woman of the same nationality who shares residence with them. The court, however, sentenced both to six months imprisonment and fined them BD100 each.

According to the documents of the case, the investigations of the Anti-narcotics police led to the defendants, who were selling methamphetamine in Juffair. A trap, with the help of an informer, was set to catch both women red-handed. The informer communicated with one of the women, requesting to buy methamphetamine, which is commonly known as ‘Shabu’, worth BD400.

The woman then asked him to rent an apartment in Juffair, promising that she will come along with the second defendant to deliver the drugs to him. Police provided the informer with the amount, which was previously fixed, for it could be used as an evidence of conviction. Policewomen were also waiting in the apartment to arrest the women when they delivered the drugs to the informer.

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After the deal was done, the women were arrested and four bags of Shabu and the copied amount were found in their possession. After being interrogated at the General Directorate of Criminal Investigation and Forensic Science, the defendants agreed to lead the police to their flat mate, who they told was their source of the drugs. A force of policewomen then raided the flat, where the third defendant was found in an “abnormal condition”. A bag of Shabu, a delicate scale and a bong (tool used to consume drugs) were found in her possession. At the Public Prosecution, the three women were accused of selling and consuming drugs. But the court acquitted the two defendants from the charge of selling and only sentenced them for consuming drugs.

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The acquittal came as both defendants co-operated with the police and led the investigative teams to the source of the drugs. As for the third woman, the dealer, the court sentenced her to five years imprisonment and fined her BD3,000. The three defendants were also sentenced to be deported and were blacklisted from entering the Kingdom ever again.

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