If you are planning a trip to Dubai to party it up, you might want to think again.
A British football coach has been sentenced to 25 years in jail after police found four bottles of vape liquid containing cannabis oil in his car in Dubai.
Billy Hood, from West London, said he was forced to sign a false confession to trafficking CBD vape oil, which is legal in the United Kingdom and commonly used for treating pain.
“I have always had a zero-tolerance on any drugs or illegal substances,” said Hood in a statement to his lawyers. “For me to be accused of promoting and selling drugs in a country that has the same beliefs and values as me is very upsetting as it affects my future.”
Hood claims that the oil was left behind by a friend who had visited him from England two weeks earlier.
His family is asking the UK and UAE to intervene in the case.
The 24-year-old was arrested in January, shortly after moving to the United Arab Emirates to work as a football coach.
Despite being depicted as a glamorous party destination to foreigners, Dubai is notorious for its strict opposition to drugs related incidents. Last time someone was executed for a drug crime was 2016.
In 2017, another 24-year-old British man was sentenced to two years in jail after moving to Dubai and taking a drug test that showed he’d used cannabis.
In 2008, a council youth development officer from the West Midlands, was sentenced to four years in Dubai after customs officers found a flake of cannabis, smaller than a grain of sugar, stuck on his shoe.
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