The marijuana oil used in e-cigarettes and vape pens. WAM
The Passenger Operations Department at Dubai Customs made 87 seizures of marijuana oil in the first quarter of 2019 compared to only 7 seizures in 2018. The department made 36 seizures in total in 2018.
“It is a huge increase in seizures for this illegal substance. We need to work together with all relevant departments in the country to fight the smuggling of narcotics, especially marijuana oil which is used in e-cigarettes and vape pens” Ibrahim Al Kamali, Director of Passenger Operations Department said. “Raising awareness around the hazards and bad effects of narcotics is very important, especially among young people.”
Al Kamali said they take all measures to prevent the smuggling of marijuana oil through Dubai airports.
“Our inspection officers have a very high level of training and skill which enables them to detect these substances efficiently, with the help of highly advanced devices. This is part of our vision of protecting society from the hazards of these dangerous substances.”
Director of passenger Operations Department added they continue developing their smart electronic baggage inspection systems and the Department has launched the Smart Customs Baggage Inspection System using the ideas and innovative suggestions of its employees.
The system helps officers identify risks in suspected suitcases and whether it is safe to inspect them manually.
The Dubai Criminal Court sentenced an Asian visitor to 10 years jail, and payment of a Dhs50,000 fine followed by deportation, for smuggling 586g of heroin in his stomach.
A watchman groped and tried to abuse a watchwoman. His colleague vowed to abuse her for seeking police help, a jury heard on Tuesday.
A total of 421 drug smuggling bids were foiled across Dubai’s various land, sea and air ports of entry in the first three months of 2019.
The Ministry said a 62-year old Asian expat and a 78-year old GCC national who tested positive for COVID-19 died due to complications related to chronic diseases. This brings death toll to eight.
An Australian tourist who was infected with the new coronavirus (Covid-19) thanked the UAE health sector for the care and treatment she received and helped her recover from the virus. She reportedly landed at Dubai Airport as a transit passenger on her way from Britain to Australia.
Two medical doctors said hand sanitizers which are the alternative to the 20-second handwashing, if soap and water were unavailable, should have at least 60 per cent isopropyl alcohol content.