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US man who legally smoked marijuana in Las Vegas before flying to Dubai where traces of the drug were found in his system begs for help after his 'nightmare' arrest and accuses American officials of letting him down

 A businessman who legally smoked marijuana before flying to Dubai and being arrested on a drugs charge has said he has been let down by US officials.

Peter Clark had appealed to politicians in his home state of Nevada for help – but has yet to receive a response.

The 51-year-old, who is facing up to three years in jail, also said a response from US Embassy officials in Dubai had been disappointing.

Clark has been trapped in the United Arab Emirates for over two months while he waits to find out if he will be prosecuted.

He had legally smoked marijuana in his home city of Las Vegas before flying to Dubai in February to explore business opportunities.

Just days after arriving he was rushed to hospital with pancreatitis and a routine urine sample taken by nurses showed traces of marijuana.

He was arrested and spent three days in jail before being allowed to return to his hotel.

But he has been banned from flying home until prosecutors in the UAE decide if he should be charged.

The Al Barsha police station in Dubai where Clark was detained in February

The Al Barsha police station in Dubai where Clark was detained in February 

Clark has been trapped in the United Arab Emirates for over two months while he waits to find out if he will be prosecuted. Pictured: The Dubai skyline

Clark has been trapped in the United Arab Emirates for over two months while he waits to find out if he will be prosecuted. Pictured: The Dubai skyline


Former computer games designer Clark appealed to his state Congressmen and Senators to become involved in his plight.

He said: 'The Embassy has been of no assistance and members of congress and senators have not yet responded to my pleas for help. 

'I am not stunned, but I am disappointed that my country allows this.'

He described his situation as a 'nightmare'.

'I haven't done anything wrong. Who would ever think you could get arrested for marijuana residue found in a drug test, from long before you ever travelled? 

Clark now is stuck in Dubai.  He has obtained a lawyer

Clark now is stuck in Dubai.  He has obtained a lawyer 

'This means anyone who has consumed hashish in the past couple of months could be arrested. How does that make sense?

'This whole situation has been really tough. I was only supposed to be here a few days. 

'I have no idea what is going to happen, whether I'll end up in prison a year or whether I'll be deported.'

Radha Stirling, from the pressure group Detained in Dubai, said marijuana residue can remain in a person's body for up to two months.

She urged US authorities to step in and warned other tourists could fall foul of the country's zero tolerance towards drugs.

'Peter Clark, has been held in Dubai for almost two months. He's struggling. Being detained in a foreign country that you had only planned to stay for a few days, is daunting and it's costly., she said.

'Peter was there to look at investment opportunities. He doesn't know anyone there and is stuck on his own in a hotel room while awaiting his fate.

'This is an extremely traumatic experience for anyone. They have no idea what is going to happen to them, if they are going back to jail, if their life is ruined. 

'It's even worse for those who have committed no crime, like Peter.'

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