Vancouver native Bert Tatham was working for an American company under contract to the State Department to assist the Afghan government in eradicating opium poppies. On arrival in Dubai, he was found to be in possession of 0.6 grams of hashish and two poppy bulbs. A urinalysis found traces of hashish. The judge in Dubai was not convinced by his story—that the hashish in his urine was from second-hand smoke and that the bulbs were “for experimentation and education” back home. On July 19, he was sentenced to four years in jail, but Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum has put him on the list for pardon, along with 376 other convicts — clemency in honor of Eid al-Adha.