American who smoked weed legally in Vegas before flying to Dubai now faces years in UAE jail after pot found in urine

AN American businessman who legally smoked marijuana in Las Vegas before flying to Dubai faces jail after the drug was detected in his urine.

Peter Clark is facing a three year prison sentence on a drugs charge after traces of the substance showed up in hospital tests after he needed emergency treatment.

After heading to the UAE to work on something 'new', the retired games designer had only been in Dubai for one day before he fell ill with pancreatitis.

The 51-year-old, who had previously worked on Xbox and Playstation games, needed to provide a urine test – which is where the marijuana was detected. reported that Clark was in Dubai to scout out recording studio locations.

It is required by Dubai law that any illegal substances detected in tests must be reported to the police – despite the fact that Clark claimed he smoked the marijuana in Las Vegas, where it is legal.

He was arrested and held in jail for three days before he was released and forced to stay in his hotel whilst he awaits a decision from the prosecution.

He told Mail Online: "I was absolutely stunned to learn that I was being charged due to residual marijuana in my system. I smoked it legally back in America long before I even got on the plane.

"I knew about Dubai’s strict drugs laws but never for one moment did I think something I legally did in my own country would lead to my arrest."

During his time in jail, the vein where the IV line was inserted became infected and prison staff didn't give him the antibiotics that he was prescribed, claimed Clark.

He is now on a 'no fly list' and has to remain in Dubai until prosecutors come to a verdict.

Clark said how the trip had become a "nightmare" and that he had no idea that going to hospital would have resulted in a potential prison sentence.

Detained in Dubai, a group who help tourists who break the UAE's strict rules have taken his case.

Founder Radha Sterling said: "The UAE’s arbitrary enforcement of laws and lack of predictable legal outcomes means that Peter faces years in prison for legal smoking marijuana.

"Even if found innocent he can be dragged through a slow a costly legal process.

"Corrupt police informants have been used by the prosecution to upgrade possession charges to that of drug dealing."

She added: "The US State Department needs to ensure that its citizens who visit the UAE are safe from legal abuse."

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