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Half a ton of cocaine seized in Dubai drug bust involving Israeli – reports

A suspect in a major drug bust in the United Arab Emirates is photographed alongside the haul by police -- some 500 kilograms of cocaine -- on October 10, 2021 (screenshot: Arab News)
A suspect in a major drug bust in the United Arab Emirates is photographed alongside the haul by police -- some 500 kilograms of cocaine -- on October 10, 2021 (screenshot: Arab News)

An Israeli man who was arrested in Dubai on suspicion of drug trafficking was apparently involved in a scheme involving half a ton of cocaine, the Walla news site reports.

Halil Dasuki, 31, was arrested last week after he was caught with a large amount of narcotics.

The Arab News website confirms that 500 kilos of cocaine were seized in a bust, though it does not confirm Dasuki is the suspect.

The report calls it the the “region’s biggest drug bust.”

Dasuki’s attorneys, Nick Koffman and Uri Ben Nathan, will only be able to make contact with him in the coming days, via a local lawyer, according to Walla.

Emirati police displayed 500 kilograms of cocaine Sunday that was seized as part of the operation. In a video, the police also showed aerial footage of a car chase that culminated in the arrest of the suspect.

The suspect, a resident of Israel in his early 30s, was set to appear Sunday before a local court for a remand hearing.

The Foreign Ministry said it did not yet have any information on the case.

Dubai has strict anti-drug laws, with those convicted of drug trafficking facing a possible death sentence.

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