Crystal and methadone tablets (above) were hidden inside iron cylinders.
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
The Khalid Port Customs at Sharjah has foiled an attempt to smuggle a shipment of crystal meth weighing 93.3 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.
The Sharjah-based Hamriyah Free Zone Authority (HFZA), has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Lamprell, the leading provider of fabrication, engineering and contracting services to the offshore and onshore oil and gas and renewable energy industries.
Sheikh Khalid Bin Abdullah Al Qassimi, Chairman of Sharjah Sea Ports & Customs, opened the region’s largest pulses storage facility in Sharjah Hamriya Free Zone on Thursday.
The drugs were concealed under a container carrying foodstuffs coming from one of the neighbouring countries, the Authority said in a statement on Thursday.
The committee has approved continued strict adherence to home quarantine procedures and required testing schedules based on personal responsibility, apart from monitoring by healthcare systems to ensure compliance with precautionary measures.
The decision follows the announcement of a decreased COVID-19 infection rate in the emirate of 0.2 per cent of total tests and the activation of the green pass system to enter some public places.
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