Man held for promoting drugs in UAE from Pakistan via WhatsApp

The Pakistani Police arrested the Pakistani man in coordination with UAE authorities

MAMOSA Report — A drug dealer who was promoting drugs in the UAE from Pakistan using WhatsApp has been arrested.

The Pakistani Police arrested the Pakistani man in coordination with UAE authorities after investigations suggested that he was selling the drugs to mobile phone users in the UAE, reported Khaleej Times.

The UAE Ministry of Interior said in a statement issued on Monday that scores of mobile users in the country were receiving messages on social media and were originating from Pakistan.

The Pakistani was allegedly promoting the sale of drugs and promised to deliver the narcotics to interested buyers in return for a bank transfer.

The Pakistani authorities identified the suspect as Irfan Q, who also confessed to using social media to promote drugs in the UAE. The suspect also revealed to authorities other drug dealers he worked with.

“The efforts by the Ministry of Interior in cooperation with the Pakistani Police resulted in identifying and tracking down of the person who was sending messages through social media to promote and sell drugs in the UAE,” said Colonel Saeed Abdullah Al Suwaidi, Director General, Anti-Narcotics Federal Directorate General at the Ministry of Interior quoted KT.

“The ministry acted quickly in monitoring these social media messages in coordination with a number of local and foreign bodies to track down the drug promoters which helped in the arrest of the suspect.”

Al Suwaidi has warned people against responding to unsuspicious and fraudulent messages via WhatsApp and other social media networks stressing that they are deceptive means to steal people’s money.

The public was also told to report suspicious numbers or people who are carrying out illegal activities to the Ministry of Interior through a toll-free number (80044) or via SMS to (2244).

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