Five Ghanaians have been arrested by the United Arab Emirates [UAE] Police for allegedly possessing substances believed to be marijuana at the Dubai International International Airport.
In a press statement signed by the Consulate General of Ghana in Dubai, it indicated that between January and March, 2021, five  Ghanaians were arrested at the Dubai Airport in connection with the matter.
The statement also indicated that one of the five suspects has since been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, probably for carrying weed and the other four suspects are currently in police detention.
Read the full statement below.
ANNOUNCEMENT TO MEMBERS OF THE GHANAIAN COMMUNITY
The Consulate General of Ghana in Dubai wishes to announce for the information of all Ghanaians in the UAE that it has, in recent times received information about some arrests of persons at the Dubai International Airport trying to traffic marihuana [Weed] into the UAE.
It may interest you to know that between January and March, 2021, five  people have been arrested at the Dubai Airport in connection with this matter.
The sad part of it is that, all the parcels containing the weed were given to them by the agents in Ghana who acquired the UAE visa for them, with instructions to them to give the parcels to their counterpart agents in the UAE on arrival. It is also interesting to know that the Weed is normally hidden in food items
It may also interest you to know that currently all the five people are in police detention. One of them has since been sentenced to 10years imprisonment, probably for carrying weed he was not aware of and weed that someone else would have benefited from.
In this regard, the consulate general wishes to advise everyone who has a relative coming from Ghana to Dubai, to inform them never to take any message/parcel from agents or any other person to bring to Dubai except if they can inspect and ascertain the true content of the message/parcel.
The Republic of Ghana