Alleged drug mules face trial in Qatar as trafficking problems grow

A 40-year-old expat woman transiting through Doha International Airport is in court on charges of drug trafficking, local media reports.

It is the second of such cases mentioned in as many days following Qatar’s Anti-Drug Enforcement director statement earlier this month that the country is becoming an increasingly popular transit point for drug smugglers.

While at the transit lounge of the airport, security officials took the woman aside for a body search, saying she exhibited “nervous behavior.” When she complained of acute stomach pain, officials sent her to Hamad Hospital for an X-ray, where the pills came to light.

She later confessed to interrogators that was carrying the drugs to sell them in another country.

News of the apprehension of another transit passenger, a man traveling from Mali to Brazil, has also been made public.

The man, who was found to have 97 capsules – some 2 kg – of cocaine in his stomach after being detained in December, said he was trafficking the drugs for a modest sum of $2,000.

Photo by Valerie Everett.

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