KARACHI – Police have arrested a drug dealer and his accomplices who were using a social media application WhatsApp to sell and promote drugs in United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The police conducted a raid following information received from the UAE Ministry of the Interior about UAE phone users who received messages on the “WhatsApp” from Pakistani telephone numbers.

The Pakistani authorities have identified the person as “Irfan S.”, who confessed to using the social media application to promote drugs with several of his accomplices, UAE media reported.

“The joint efforts of the Ministry of Interior and cooperation and Pakistani authorities have resulted in the identification of the suspect who was WhatsApp messages to promote the sale of narcotic drugs,” said Colonel Saeed Al Suwaidi, Director-General of the Anti-Drug Federal Directorate General at the Ministry of Interior.

He also praised the Pakistani authorities for their response and cooperation to arrest the accused. They acted promptly while monitoring the messages in coordination with a number of local and foreign authorities to pursue the dealers and contribute to their arrest.