Stepping on Cannabis, Worse than Doggy Doo

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If you have any plans to visit or simply pass through the UAE, you might want to rethink them.

A British youth development officer has been sentenced to four years in a Dubai prison after “a microscopic speck of cannabis stuck to the bottom of one of his shoes” was discovered while he was passing through that country’s main airport.

Most common things have a density of roughly 1gram/cubic centimeter…marijuana is larger (less dense)…ergo a 3 mg cube would be min. 1.5 millimeter/side? Not exactly a spec. Still, what’s the odds that a customs inspector would even detect it?

I’ve heard about people ‘stepping’ on drugs before, but it never occured to me to interpret the term literally.

It’s hard to believe that this fellow would have been convicted of anything.

Other Links:
2008/02/08 – Daily Mail: Briton jailed for four years in Dubai…
2008/02/08 – Newsvine: Be weary when traveling to the UAE
2008/02/08 – BBC: Tourists warned of UAE drug laws

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