A Filipino man suspected of being a drug dealer has been sentenced to five years in jail for assaulting a police officer in Dubai and will face more charges related to alleged drug abuse.
The 42-year-old Filipino was arrested outside his residence in Al Quoz on July 4 last year after police received a tip-off that a man had bought illegal drugs from the Filipino, The National reported.
When police arrived at the man’s residence, he became aggressive and attacked and injured an Emirati policeman’s hand while attempting to escape. A medical test confirmed that the Filipino was under the influence of crystal meth and amphetamines at the time of his arrest.
At the Dubai Criminal Court, the Filipino denied the charges of assault and taking drugs and pleaded not guilty. He was sentenced to a jail term of five years for assaulting a police officer and ordered to pay a fine of 20,000 dirhams. He will be deported after serving his sentence.
The man will also stand trial at the Dubai Court of Misdemeanours on charges of consuming drugs, which has a minimum penalty of four years imprisonment followed by deportation. If found guilty of selling illegal drugs, the Filipino may be handed the death penalty.