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Dubai Jails British Man with Bit of Marijuana on Shoe

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Scott Simon notes the plight of a British citizen who has been sentenced to four years in prison in Dubai for having a microscopic amount of marijuana on the bottom of his shoe.

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Be careful where you tread this week the London Daily Mail reported on the plight of Keith Brown. Mr. Brown, a youth development in Britain is in prison in Dubai, because while changing planes there, custom officials found a spec of marijuana smaller than a grain of sugar, stuck to one of his shoes. Imagine what might have happened if they ever took a look at Keith Richards' shoes. Keith Brown has a family back in Britain. He's been given a mandatory four year sentence. International human rights officials say that authorities in Dubai have been cracking down on travelers.

One man from Switzerland has been jailed because they found three poppy seeds on his clothing from a bread roll that he ate in Heathrow. What if he'd had a sesame bagel with cream cheese? The head of Fair Trials International warrants that customs authorities in Dubai will even test a traveler's blood or urine and put them in prison if they find a tiny trace amount of anything they consider a dangerous substance. So quit complaining about having to take off your shoes.

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