10/02/2013 11:04 EDT | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST

Dubai ruler appoints former British police chief to lead inquiry into equine drugs seizure

LONDON - Dubai ruler Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has asked former London Metropolitan Police chief John Stevens to "oversee an internal inquiry" of his horse sport operations after a shipment of unlicensed equine drugs was seized from a government plane in Britain.

Stevens says in a statement the probe will "examine organizational structures, internal communication and veterinary practices at all of the major components of Sheikh Mohammed's equestrian properties," which include extensive thoroughbred and endurance stables.

Stevens says he is appointing an inquiry team to work into 2014.

The inquiry was launched after Stevens met on Tuesday with International Equestrian Federation President Princess Haya of Jordan, who is the sheik's wife.

It could determine if FEI regulations were broken.

British authorities seized the shipment in May at Stansted airport near London.