- aufgepasst in dubai !
>Canadian trying to get Afghani farmers to stop growing opium faces drug charges
Jun 16 11:27 AM US/Eastern
VANCOUVER (CP) - The Department of Foreign Affairs says it's providing consular assistance to a British Columbian arrested in Dubai on Friday on drug charges.
Bert Tatham was arrested after seeds and a small amount of hashish were found in his clothing.
Tatham was working for the U.S. State Department in Afghanistan trying to get farmers to stop growing poppies for heroin.
He was on his way home to Vancouver when he was arrested.
Department of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Catherine Gagnaire says Canadian officials have been in contact with Tatham but could not comment further.
The booming economy in Dubai has made it attractive to drug traffickers. That has led to a harsh crackdown on the drug trade.
Last month, a 24-year-old Italian was sentenced to four years in jail for possession of 1/100th of a gram of hash.
The Canadian Press, 2007