Dubai resident sentenced to three years in jail for drugs ring on WhatsApp

A Bangladeshi man in Dubai has been sentenced to three years in prison and fined AED100,000 for his role in a drug ring operated through WhatsApp.

The investigation was initiated after authorities received a tip about drug sales in the UAE through an international phone number. Dubai Police traced the money trail to the defendant’s bank account, which had received AED430,000 from 604 people through 814 deposits. 

The funds were laundered through six accounts in 72 transfers, and the defendant was found to have opened a bank account with a forged salary certificate. He will be deported after serving his sentence.

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