Officials display seized drugs.
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
The Abu Dhabi Police had thwarted the smuggling of 1.5 tonnes of heroin in cooperation and coordination with the General Administration of Customs-Abu Dhabi, Major General Faris Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Commander-in-Chief of Abu Dhabi Police, announced on Friday.
He explained that the investigations of the Anti-Narcotics Department at the Abu Dhabi Police confirmed the arrival of a suspicious shipment from one of the neighboring countries to Khalifa Port to be re-exported to a European country.
Maj. Gen. Al Mazrouei pointed out that as soon as the security information were verified, the Anti-Narcotics Department and the General Administration of Customs-Abu Dhabi formed a joint team to monitor and inspect the suspicious shipment.
They were able to seize a quantity of narcotics with a market value of approximately Dhs150 million and thwart its re-export. He stressed that this operation is one of the most prominent and successful combat operations that enhance the strength of the security services in the emirate and confirm their professionalism and high capabilities in combating international gangs.
The authority said that a consignment was received through Jeddah Islamic Port, consisting of cartons of oranges, and when it was subjected to customs procedures and examined through x-ray machines.
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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