Dubai Customs has recently foiled a bid to smuggle a large amount of narcotics into the local market hidden in a flight coming from an Asian country.
Mr. Omar Ahmed Al Muhairi, Senior Manager of Air Cargo Operations at Dubai Customs said that incidents of the seizure started when customs inspectors at the Free Zone Inspection Center at Dubai International Airport were performing the regular inspection process of the incoming cargos and suspected one which contained 35 cartoons weighing 863 kg and found 1 million and 500 thousand tablets inside. The importing company has a general trade license and is not authorized to import medicine increased their suspicions.
On transferring a sample of the seized medicine to the Ministry of Health, the specialized doctor said that this medicine is listed under the first category of controlled medicine and is not allowed to be taken by unauthorized people unless with a prescription and in small amounts only. As for the seized quantity, it exceeds the permitted limit of medical intake; besides, importing this kind of process requires a pre-obtained permission, a procedure that was not carried out by the importing company. Thus, entry of this medicine was not granted and a seizure report of the incident was written in addition to re-exporting the contraband to the country of origin.
Previous studies made on this kind of medicine warned against misusing it especially when it is widely common among vast categories of the youth and students since it causes addiction when used excessively as users of this drug tend to increase the doses continuously to get the desired effect.
Dozens of cases related to using this drug were recorded in the UAE by the respective authorities working in the field of combating narcotics. Therefore, the forensics departments in the UAE requested to list this medicine under the mentally sabotaging drugs within the anti-narcotics law supported by the scientific researches made on this drug which prove that it has negative impacts on the brain activity and is massively sought after by drug users.
Related studies also indicate that chemical drugs are excessively taken internationally and people using them outnumber users of cocaine and heroin while addicts of this drug admitted through pre-searching studies that using it causes similar symptoms of taking heroin. Frequent and immoderate intake of the seized medicine leads to serious health problems and side effects such as hallucinations, oblivion, nausea, indigestion, itch, hive, renal failure, difficulty breathing, heart attacks, convulsion and other some serious mental problems.
Mr. Al Muhairi stressed Dubai Customs’ commitment to the community and maintaining its individuals’ health by combating the smuggling of contrabands into the local market as well as preventing the entry of restricted items unless permitted through the necessary legal stipulations and procedures as stated in the strategic document of Dubai Customs.
He also pointed out that using narcotics hits directly the human potentials and resources and destroys the youth who are considered the milestone of the development of any community in addition to the economic obstacles encountered. “Dubai Customs seizes every opportunity and effort to develop the capabilities of its inspectors and further their professional competencies by enrolling them in specialized training courses and educational sessions and workshops which introduce them to the different types of narcotics, contrabands and restricted goods and demonstrate the inspection ways and methods and how to be alerted against the twisted smuggling techniques smugglers tend to resort to” he said.
He added that the special customs facilitations and services provided by Dubai Customs to the trade sector are in parallel with achieving compliance, legitimacy, protection and security of the community.