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Dubai: 23-Year-Old Fined Dh30,000 and Banned from Money Transfers Due to Drug Use

Man Prohibited from Financial Transactions for Two Years Following Drug Conviction

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Published on July 5, 2024, 15:33:08

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A 23-year-old Arab man was fined Dh30,000 and prohibited from transferring or depositing money to others, or through others, for two years after being found guilty of drug use.
The Dubai Criminal Court imposed the fine for his involvement in illegal activities related to drug use and money transfers. The judges clarified that the accused can only use banking services with permission from the Central Bank of the UAE, in coordination with the Ministry of Interior.
On January 16, 2024, Al Barsha Police Station discovered that the accused had consumed two psychoactive substances -- methamphetamine and amphetamine -- for the second time without a legal prescription, as confirmed by official records.
Prosecutors stated that he paid for the drugs by transferring money to a bank account belonging to another person.
According to the case details, the accused had been undergoing periodic drug testing since July 14, 2023, following his release from prison. He had agreed to regular and surprise drug tests and to provide urine samples.
On February 16, 2024, he provided a urine sample during a scheduled visit, which later tested positive for methamphetamine and amphetamine, according to a forensic report.
During the public prosecution’s investigation, the accused admitted to purchasing crystal meth for Dh150 and depositing this amount through an ATM. The drugs were then delivered to him at a specified location in Dubai.
In court, the accused appeared via video call from detention and confessed to the charges. After reviewing the evidence and testimonies, the court found him guilty.
The judges stated that if the fine is not paid, the accused will face imprisonment for one day for every Dh100 unpaid, starting from 23 April 2024.

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