Man with cocaine in shorts at Dubai airport claims he did not realise it was drugs

A transit passenger who was found with almost two kilograms of cocaine stashed in his shorts told Dubai Criminal Court that he did not know the powder was drugs.

Q?F, 34, from Guinea, was found to have 16 plastic bags containing 1.8kg of the drug in his shorts when he arrived at Dubai airport on May 16 on a flight from Brazil.

Airport policeman M?A, 35, said: ?I asked for his passport then suspected him due to his behaviour, so I took him to the search room and there I found that he had a small secret pocket in the filling of his shorts, inside which he had hidden a number of plastic bags, each containing cocaine.?

The officer said the defendant confessed immediately when asked about the drugs but said that a friend of his asked him to carry it to Ivory Coast in return for cash.The Guinean awaits a verdict on October 12.