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In conjunction with the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, which is observed annually on 26th June 2021, Dubai Customs has released the news of its latest drug seizure.
Terminal 3 inspection officers seized around 9.6kg of cocaine, which was skillfully concealed in the inner lining of three bags that belonged to a passenger coming from a foreign country.
“The UAE is a global example to follow in combating drugs and safeguarding the society from their hazards,” said Ibrahim Kamali, Director of Passenger Operations Department.
“Dubai Customs plays a vital role in this through its advanced infrastructure and highly trained inspection officers following the wise vision of the emirate’s leadership.”
Kamali added that there are different programmes, systems, technologies, and plans in place to effectively combat and thwart any smuggling attempts.
These include the Dubai Airport Smart Bag Inspection System, among many other advanced systems that help in detecting drugs and other prohibited materials.
Dubai Customs’ Smart Risk Engine, developed in-house, is one of the leading systems that can track and intercept suspicious shipments.
Commenting on the details of the operation, Khalifa bin Shahin, Acting Manager, Terminal 3 said; “Our inspection officers suspected this passenger who had 3 pieces of luggage with him. At the checkpoint, the passenger denied carrying any illegitimate goods, but he looked confused and his body language showed he was not telling the truth.
The inspectors searched the bags thoroughly and found 9.6kg of pure cocaine concealed skillfully inside the bags. The suspect and the bags were handed over to the police.
“Our priority is to safeguard our society from the perils of drugs. Despite the creative tricks some passengers use to hide prohibited materials, our highly trained inspectors and advanced systems can thwart all smuggling attempts.
The illegal drugs were concealed inside used vehicle spare parts, which prompted Dubai Customs to nickname the operation 'Gear Box'
The suspects had been put under surveillance after the Anti-Narcotics Department at the Dubai Police had received verified information about two persons belonging to an overseas gang peddling in drugs possessing a large quantity of drugs.
Among the items nabbed were 6.758kg of cocaine concealed in a suitcase and the jacket of a lady coming from an African country.
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The drugs were concealed under a container carrying foodstuffs coming from one of the neighbouring countries, the Authority said in a statement on Thursday.
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