Dubai Customs has announced the seizure of more than 5.7 million Captagon pills with the help of its highly trained Sniffer Dogs.
According to the authority, the pills were hidden in a foodstuff container arriving into the emirate from an unnamed Arab country at the Jebel Ali and Tecom Customs Centre.
This latest bust by Dubai Customs raises the number of Captagon pills seized to over 10.7 million tablets in a four-month period.
The container was scanned and, with the help of the K-9 Dog unit, the illegal Captagon pills were seized, state news agency WAM reported on Saturday.
Dubai Customs director-general Ahmed Mahboob Musabih said that all customs departments are working together to combat the illegal trade and smuggling of narcotics.
“We are vigilant and well prepared to all attempts of bringing these illegal contrabands into the UAE through Dubai entry points,” he said.
Captagon was initially produced in the 1960s as a treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder but was later banned in the 1980s due to its highly addictive nature.
While commercial manufacturing of the drug has ceased, illegal manufacturing practices continue, WAM said.