Dubai Customs thwarts “Al Khour Hashish” operation

Dubai Customs thwarts “Al Khour Hashish” operation
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Published November 22nd, 2010 - 10:19 GMT

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Dubai Customs inspectors foiled a bid to smuggle 4.8 kg of Hashish through Dubai Creek Entry. The haul was hidden in a ship heading from an Asian country inside different layers of plastic bags and wrapping materials.

Mr. Rashid Seif al Dhabbah, Senior Manager of Sea Operations Department and Jebel Ali said that on inspecting the ship, Dubai Customs inspectors noticed an unusual wooden board separating the oil tank from the left side of the ship. Thus, the inspector asked the assistant of the ship's captain to remove the wooden board where he found a cloth bag which contained two plastic bags. After opening the plastic bags, three white bags – used for packing powder milk- were found in the first plastic bag, and another two white bags were found in the other plastic bag. Upon searching them, another layer of plastic bags was wrapping the five bags, all contained a dark substance which smelled and looked like narcotics.

During investigations, a crew member of the ship confessed that the seized bags contained hashish. Tests confirmed the type of the seized substance which weighed around 4.8 kg. The implicated person and the seizures were transferred to the Anti-Narcotics Section to complete the necessary legal action against him.

Mr. Al Dhabbah pointed out that protecting the country and its economy and maintaining the safety of the UAE's residents is a top priority for the inspectors which constitute a major objective of their job tasks. Such objectives are supported by the complete cooperation among all the departments in Dubai Customs in order to help them perform their duties to the utmost benefit. 

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