Saudi Man Uses Drone To Smuggle Drugs
Drones are being used for various tasks like surveillance, delivery, and sports. They also have had their share of controversies over the past couple years. Recently a Saudi man just got busted for using a drone to smuggle drugs into Jeddah’s main prison.
The Saudi Gazette reported about an unidentified man being sentenced to 15 years in prison and 1,500 lashes for stuffing a drone with 1997 captagon pills and 115 grams of hashish and flying it into Jeddah’s Briman prison.
The plot involved seven accomplices who were sentenced to 3 to 10 years imprisonment.
The Lebanese national who sold the drone to the accused was also not spared and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment and 1000 lashes. He will be deported from the kingdom after his release. Two brothers of the main defendant were also involved for navigating the drone from the supermarket near the prison.This plot was attempted two years ago and the sentences were being handed down by Jeddah’s Summary Court two days ago.
The plot involved a prisoner Briman jail who prepared himself to receive and distribute the drugs. Later the money earned from the sales of the drugs were transferred to an agreed upon bank account.
The plot was unfolded when a guard noticed the unidentified aircraft as it landed on the roof of the barracks, and immediately reported it.
Serious drug offenders have been known to receive the death penalty within the kingdom. Though severe punishment was given in the following case, the prosecutor wasn’t impressed, arguing that the court should have executed the main defendant.
In Saudi Arabia lashes is a common punishment for all types of crimes. In 2014 a famous activist and blogger Raif Badawi sentenced to 1,000 lashes, 10 years in prison and a fine for “insulting Islam” and apostasy.
Lashes are common punishment in Saudi Arabia for all manner of crimes. Well-known activist and blogger Raif Badawi was famously sentenced to 1,000 lashes, 10 years in prison and a fine for “insulting Islam” and apostasy in 2014. In 2015, Badawi’s sentence comprised only 600 lashes and seven years in prison. Badawi’s was convicted for writing articles on his website Free Saudi Liberals, where he argued for greater freedom of speech in the kingdom and the secularization of the government.