A Filipina saleswoman was sentenced to life imprisonment in the United Arab Emirates after the Dubai Court of First Instance found her guilty of drug possession.
A report on Gulf News said the 25-year-old Filipina, identified only through her initials A.M., was sentenced and fined Dh50,000 after the court ruled that she owned the methamphetamine found in her home in Satwa by anti-drug officers.
A.M. insisted that the drugs were her roommate's though she admitted to prosecutors that she peddled the drugs and earned the money that was seized from her.
Officers raided her home following a tip in January that A.M. had been "promoting and selling drugs to addicts."
"We obtained prosecutors’ search and arrest warrant and raided her house. A policewoman did not find any drugs upon searching the Filipina. Then when we searched her house, she guided us to a cotton wool jar that she had put on a shelf … she opened the jar and took out the nylon sacks that contained the banned substance. She was taken into custody immediately after that," the Gulf News report quoted an anti-narcotics policeman as saying.
An earlier report on Gulf News stated that A.M. pleaded not guilty before presiding Judge Urfan Omar and denied any connection to the eight nylon sacks of shabu found in the cotton wool jar.
The Filipina has 15 days to appeal the court's decision. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News