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DUBAI (AFP) – Police at Dubai airport seized a huge stash of cocaine in the hand luggage of a man travelling from Brazil to Africa through the Gulf aviation hub, state media reported on Monday.

The haul of almost 10 kilograms (more than 20 pounds) was found by an anti-drug unit after officials noticed the man was displaying “signs of deep confusion,” said WAM, the official news agency in the United Arab Emirates.

The man who was only identified as an African had flown into Dubai from Sao Paulo, Brazil on his way to Abidjan in the Ivory Coast, WAM cited a police source as saying.

Drug trafficking carries the death penalty in the United Arab Emirates, but the sentence is usually commuted to life in prison.

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