Dubai Customs Foils More Than 900 Smuggling Bids

Customs officer misuses authority to smuggle drugs with brother
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Dubai Customs prevented 922 smuggling attempts, including 355 narcotics and contrabands, in the first nine months of 2018, a media report said.

“We facilitate trade and traffic of passengers without compromising the security of borders and entry points, and with the growing number of passengers and air shipping size in the last years we continue to have full control on all our checkpoints,” Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, director of Dubai Customs was quoted as saying by state-run Wam.

Inspection customs officers at Dubai International Airport thwarted an attempt to smuggle 25.5 kg of marijuana which were concealed carefully inside loudspeakers in the passenger’s suitcase. Adequate training of inspection officers’ and their vigilance also prevented the smuggling of 6,720 ‘Lyrica’ pills skillfully concealed in bags containing nuts.

Ibrahim Al Kamali, director of Passenger Operations at Dubai Customs, revealed the passenger operations department checked around 30.2 million suitcases between January and September 2018.

“Dubai International Airport deals with a large number of passengers annually. Around 74.5 million passengers used the airport in the first ten months of 2018, which means 248,000 passengers a day. These passengers hail from different backgrounds, and they all deserve a good and warm welcome,” he said.

During the first nine months of 2018, three counterfeiting and 275 customs duties evasion cases were recorded.


Source Credit: Trade Arabia


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