Dubai authorities have thwarted major drug smuggling attempts in recent years, with notable seizures of crystal meth and marijuana.
Dubai Customs’ commitment to advanced training and cutting-edge technology has paid off, leading to proactive detection of sophisticated smuggling tactics in 2022 and 2023.
This proactive approach culminated in a major bust, where officers thwarted an attempt to smuggle more than 50kg of crystal meth in 382 air cargo packages.
Dubai drug smuggling
The illegal drugs were concealed within hygiene-related items, exercise equipment, coffee making-machines, and decorative items.
Furthermore, Dubai Customs inspectors successfully thwarted the smuggling of 251kg of marijuana distributed across 3,477 packages, hidden in oxygen cylinders for diving and sound amplifiers.
Sultan Saif Al-Suwaidi, Director of Air Cargo Centres Management, said: “Over the past two years, officers in air cargo management have uncovered new tactics used in drug smuggling.
“This discovery was made possible by their extensive expertise and continually refined skills through specialised training courses focused on detecting contraband.
“Utilising cutting-edge global support devices, inspectors successfully handled 1,500 diverse cases at air cargo centres in 2022 and 2023, encompassing both illicit drug-related incidents and customs-related occurrences.
“These centres, characterised by high cargo movement, underscore Dubai Customs’ commitment to uncovering smugglers’ attempts involving prohibited substances in various forms, including counterfeit and restricted goods.”