Bahrain: 4 men prosecuted for attempt to smuggle in marijuana-infused face masks

Abu Dhabi: Four men from an Asian country have appeared before Bahrain’s criminal court charged with smuggling in marijuana-infused face masks, local media reported.

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A parcel of the cannabis-infused masks was seized at customs and led to the recipients.

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An investigation by the anti-narcotics department showed the first and second defendants had imported marijuana by shipment. They agreed with a third person to import the narcotics from an Asian country, while the third and fourth defendants planned to sell the contraband.

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The defendants have reportedly confessed to the charges and traces of narcotics were found in their urine, according to court records.

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The first, second and third defendants were charged with smuggling in marijuana for consuming and trading purposes and the fourth with aiding and abetting and consuming narcotics, prosecutors said.

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Penalties for possessing, using, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Bahrain are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines.

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The hearing was adjourned to May 31 for the defence lawyers to make their case.

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