4 Years for 0.003g of Weeeeeeed....

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Briton jailed for four years in Dubai after customs find cannabis weighing less than a grain of sugar under his shoe

A father-of-three who was found with a microscopic speck of cannabis stuck to the bottom of one of his shoes has been sentenced to four years in a Dubai prison.

Keith Brown, a council youth development officer, was travelling through the United Arab Emirates on his way back to England when he was stopped as he walked through Dubai's main airport.

A search by customs officials uncovered a speck of cannabis weighing just 0.003g - so small it would be invisible to the naked eye and weighing less than a grain of sugar - on the tread of one of his shoes.

Dubai International Airport is a major hub for the Middle East and thousands of Britons pass through it every year to holiday in the glamorous beach and shopping haven.

But many of those tourists and business travellers are likely to be unaware of the strict zero-tolerance drugs policy in the UAE.
One man has even been jailed for possession of three poppy seeds left over from a bread roll he ate at Heathrow Airport. Painkiller codeine is also banned.

If suspicious of a traveller, customs officials can use high-tech equipment to uncover even the slightest trace of drugs.
Mr Brown was detained and arrested in September last year and has been held in a cell with three other men in the city prison ever since.

This week the youth worker, who has two young children and a partner at home in Smethwick, West Midlands, was sentenced to four years in prison.

A 25-year-old Briton who was found with a similar speck in one pocket as he arrived on holiday has been awaiting sentence since November.

Meanwhile a Big Brother TV executive has so far been held without charge for five days after being arrested for possessing the health supplement melatonin.

The authorities claim to have discovered 0.01g of hashish in his luggage.

Last night Mr Brown's brother Lee said his case "defied belief".

"For that sort of amount common sense should prevail, from where it was found it was obviously something that had been crushed on the floor - it could have come from anywhere."

Rastafarian Mr Brown had been returning from a short trip to Ethiopia, where one of his children lives and where he owns property.
He was travelling with his partner Imani, who was also stopped and detained for more than a week.

Normally he flew direct to and from the UK, but decided to stop off in Dubai.

"He was incensed when he called me," said driving instructor Lee, 57. "It would be funny if the circumstances weren't so unpleasant.
"Bugs are crawling out of his mattress when he's sleeping. His family are frantic with worry and can't call him."

Last night campaign group Fair Trials International advised visitors to Dubai and Abu Dhabi to "take extreme caution".

Chief Executive Catherine Wolthuizen said: "We have seen a steep increase in such cases over the last 18 months.

"Customs authorities are using highly sensitive new equipment to conduct extremely thorough searches on travellers and if they find any amount - no matter how minute - it will be enough to attract a mandatory four-year prison sentence."

Mrs Wolthuizen added: "We even have reports of the imprisonment of a Swiss man for 'possession' of three poppy seeds on his clothing after he ate a bread roll at Heathrow.



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"What many travellers may not realise is that they can be deemed to be in possession of such banned substances if they can be detected in their urine or bloodstream, or even in tiny, trace amounts on their person."

Only two months after Mr Brown was stopped economics graduate Robert Dalton was detained in almost identical circumstances.
Mr Dalton, from Gravesend, on Kent was with two friends when he was stopped and asked to empty his pockets.

Officials found 0.03g of cannabis in a small amount of fluff. He is currently on trial and if convicted, is likely receive a four-year prison sentence.

Last night his brother Peter, 26, told how it took 24 hours to find out why he had been stopped.

"As we understand, the amount of cannabis was barely visible to the human eye and was at the bottom of the pocket of an old pair of jeans.

"He's not a drug user, but he goes clubbing and the speck was so small."

Last week Cat Le-Huy, a London-based German national, was arrested on arrival at the airport.

Mr Le-Huy, 31, head of technology with Big Brother production company Endemol, was arrested on suspicion of possessing illegal drugs after customs officers found melatonin, a health supplement used for jet lag available over the counter both in Dubai and in the US.

Authorities also claim they discovered fragments in one of his bags which they believe to be hashish. Fair Trials International said the amount was 0.01g.
Sucks to be him...

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Jul 13, 2006
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I think they should worry more about the homosexual Arabs that like to **** young boys and infect hem with AIDS in Dubai than sugar grain-sized pieces of drugs.

If it's larger than a marble then they can worry about it. It's not that big of a deal.

They have their priorities fucked up. I understand a zero-tolerance towards drugs, but it has to be realistic. You can't convict someone because they have some shit stuck to the bottom of their shoe. It could belong to any of the 100,000 that pass through the airport daily.
 

jackjack

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The whole point of Dubai is to create income for the emir as a vacation destination for westerners and europeans.
That drug policy isn't going to help to drum up business.
 

thrawn42

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What a great culture! Who else here is hip enough to go to Dubai?
 
Dec 25, 2005
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What a great culture! Who else here is hip enough to go to Dubai?
Have a good flight... I'll be on the next one.. promise.

Fuck Dubai. I could care less what they build there. Fuck them in their fucking asses.
 

dodisman

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it's simply another form of their savagery. a complete lack of balance over there
 
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Fuck Dubai. I could care less what they build there. Fuck them in their fucking asses.
Well they don't exactly build anything in Dubai... Unless you're talking about skyscrapers (world's tallest building is there) or man-made islands that allow pedophiles to live in luxury (Michael Jackson's retreat is there).

I'm having a difficult time figuring out how something stuck to the bottom someone's shoe counts as smuggling/possession... At least in the other cases listed the offending substances were found in pockets or luggage.
 

Kris_LTRMa

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I'm having a difficult time figuring out how something stuck to the bottom someone's shoe counts as smuggling/possession... At least in the other cases listed the offending substances were found in pockets or luggage.
If suspicious of a traveller, customs officials can use high-tech equipment to uncover even the slightest trace of drugs.
Black+Rastafarian = suspicion
Rastafarian + Shoe Residue = suspicion
Shoe Residue + Black Rastafarian = suspicion

suspicion + suspicion + suspicion = GUILTY

how come you couldn't figure that out? :icon_roll
 

Salem

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Wow and to think people get bitchy about cops susposedly "planting" evidence on people here! Think about what .003 looks like.

Cops "you sir! You have crack on your face!"

me "I do not."

Cops " you do I see .003 of it on your cheek."

me "how could you.."

Cops "Come with us..."

End of story.

I'd like to see the bag they keep it in when they present it in court to the judge. Is there really anything in it or is it the same bag case to case every day the DA keeps in his drawer all week.
 

LiddyRules

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This week the youth worker, who has two young children and a partner at home in Smethwick, West Midlands, was sentenced to four years in prison.
No one commented on this?
 

Zona992006

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Black+Rastafarian = suspicion
Rastafarian + Shoe Residue = suspicion
Shoe Residue + Black Rastafarian = suspicion

suspicion + suspicion + suspicion = GUILTY

how come you couldn't figure that out? :icon_roll
Great points. They really really went out thier way to find SOMETHING on this guy. The funny thing is a real smuggler probably just stood beside this guy and knew the customs guys would focus on the Rastafarian. Damn this sucks...
 

THE FEZ MAN

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my mother wants to go to go there for vacation, i told her to knock her socks off, make sure your will is in order and make sure to re up her life insurance policy
 

Sprite

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"Dubai: City of Dreams." :icon_roll