Five Ghanaian citizens are in police detention following their arrest at the Dubai airport for trafficking marijuana into the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Ghana’s Consular in Dubai in a statement said the victims in most cases carried the parcels given to them by agents from Ghana to deliver upon arrival in the Arab country without knowing it was marijuana.
“The sad part of it is gang, all the parcels containing the weed were given to them by agents in Ghana who acquired the UAE Visa for them, with the instructions to give it to the parcels to their counterpart agents in the UAE on arrival.
“It is also interesting to know that the weed is normally hidden in food items,” the statement revealed.
According to the Consular, one of the five in detention been convicted to 10 year jail term for trafficking the illicit product.
“It may also interest you to know that currently all five persons are in police detention. One of them has since been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, probably for carrying weed he was not aware of and weed that someone else would have benefited from,” the statement added.
However, Ghanaian travelers have been advised to be vigilant when accepting parcels for other in the UAE.