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Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
The Khalid Port Customs at Sharjah has foiled an attempt to smuggle a shipment of crystal meth weighing 93 kilogrammes and about 3,000 methadone tablets into the country through the port.
The suspects concealed the drugs under a refrigerator carrying foodstuffs coming from an Asian country.
The Customs authority explained that when inspecting the container, which arrived at the port late during the days of Eid Al Adha, inspectors suspected a defect in the distribution of goods inside the refrigerator
Authorities inspected the container using the latest radiological scanning techniques which led them to discover hidden iron cylinders containing narcotic substances.
All the content of the container were seized in coordination with the concerned authorities.
The authority noted that that Sharjah Customs has an advanced customs system capable of thwarting all smuggling attempts through all ports of the Emirate.
It expressed its appreciation for the efforts of Sharjah Customs officers for their constant efforts in fighting smuggling attempts.
It also praised the integration of roles with the General Command of the Sharjah Police to protect the security of the emirate's borders from all potential risks.
The constructive cooperation and coordination of the Customs authorites to reinforce efforts to combat drug smuggling through the emirate's ports was lauded.
According to investigations, a suspect who does not resides in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi used to come there only at the end of the week to supply the promoter with the drugs.
Two of the gang members came to take the narcotics upon the instructions of their leaders, Hareb said, adding that the suspects took out part of the narcotics estimated at 22 kilograms of crystal from the warehouse to a Sharjah industrial area to be hidden until new instructions would be received.
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