Dubai Customs inspectors thwarted an attempt of 28 stowaways from different Asian nationalities found hiding in a cargo ship voyaging from Dubai Creek port to an Asian country.
A learnt source at Dubai Customs revealed that the inspection team at Dubai Customs Creek Centre suspected a ship boarding 3 people and the shipmaster while attempting to depart Dubai Creek port heading to an Asian country. They climbed the ship and searched it and found 28 stowaways from different Asian nationalities hidden in the cabinet. On the basis of cooperation and coordination between the government agencies operating at the Creek, the stowaways were transferred to Port Police for further investigation.
The source ascertained that Dubai Customs is always keen to cooperate and coordinate with entire related government agencies over combating infiltration of prohibited and fake goods and contributing at the same time to the seizure of any other offences that may fall in the inspectors` hands including illegal infiltration into or outside the country, especially, the infiltrators status always found in violation to the regulations and laws of residency and mostly the cases of these people might be criminal or at least involved in offences deemed to be illegal by law, e.g. illegal entry, working in the country on visit visas, larceny, embezzlement, scam and fraud crimes. Al-Dhafri warned that individuals who connive at infiltrators who sneak on and off the country shall jeopardize themselves to risks and be subject legal inquiries.
The aforesaid official source at Dubai Customs said that Dubai Customs is the first front defender for the community, security and integrity and for these ends, we always seek to deploy most efficient inspectors at entire Customs Centres and we intensively train them to acquire best professionalism and skills through special training courses programs which objectively tailored to improve business and develop competencies of inspectors to enable them discovering statistical numbers of offences involving goods, merchandize and people, pointing out that Customs inspections serve to support prevention of the community from entry of prohibited, counterfeited and restricted goods and interdict entry of people who believed to cause danger to security and integrity of our nation, besides, the role of Customs inspections is surely in harmony with Dubai Customs strategic objectives, therefore, inspection areas must continuously be considered and developed to sustain and meet handling movement of millions of passengers and huge size of freight and shipments daily crossing Dubai Customs ports