A view of the seized drugs.
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
The high security sense supported by the most advanced screening technologies enabled Dubai Customs inspectors to thwart smuggling of 12.5 kg of marijuana at Dubai International Airport, which were carried by a passenger coming from an African country to Dubai International Airport.
Inspection officers at the Passenger Operations Department at Dubai international Airport were able to detect the suspicious bags
Inspection officers at the Passenger Operations Department at Dubai International Airport were able to identify the suspicious bags after they passed the x-ray machines, which reveal abnormal density in the two bags.
The bags then were searched manually and the marijuana, which was hidden skilfully in the inner lining of the bags, was discovered and seized.
Two plastic bags that contained 2.9kg and 2.7kg of marijuana were hidden in the first bag, and the second bag had two bags that contained 3.4kg and 3.5kg of marijuana, with a total weight of 12.5kg.
“These seizures reflect the integration and full coordination between the various customs units at the Dubai International Airport and the quick response to thwart any smuggling attempts and prevent the entry of narcotics as part of Dubai Customs vision to lead safe customs worldwide,” said Ibrahim Kamali, Director of Passenger Operations Department. “
The operation started when one of the inspection officers suspected the luggage of a passenger coming on a trip from an African country. At the inspection area, the passenger was asked if he has anything to disclose, but he said there was nothing to disclose.
The bags, then, were searched manually and the narcotics were seized.
Al-Kamali applauded the inspection officers for their efficiency and hard work and pointed out that Dubai Customs is the emirate’s first defence line and it will not spare any efforts to tackle all illegitimate activities.
The case records revealed that the visitor had arrived to Dubai Airport’s terminal 3, and her luggage was scanned just like every other traveller.
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The force said that the passenger can be penalised as per the law of the destined country if he is found carrying naswar with him.
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