The General Administration of Customs – Abu Dhabi records 7,224 customs seizures and foils 7,434 illegal substances in the first half of 2016

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Published August 29th, 2016 - 09:13 GMT
Drug smuggling
Drug smuggling

Inspectors from the General Administration of Customs – Abu Dhabi recorded 7,224 customs seizures in the first half of 2016, compared to 6,435 in the first half of 2015, representing a 12.3% increase in the number of seizures. Inspectors foiled attempts to smuggle 7,434 illegal substances into the UAE through the various customs ports in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi during the first half of 2016, compared to 6,596 illegal substances in the first half of 2015, representing a 12.7% increase.

Mezyad Customs Centre recorded the largest number of seizures during the first half of 2016, which amounted to 1,801 illegal substances; followed by Al Ain Central Post Office Customs Centre with 1,367 and Abu Dhabi Central Post Office Customs Centre with a total of 1,045 illegal substances.

Commenting on these achievements, Mohammed Khadem Al Hameli, Acting Director General of the General Administration of Customs- Abu Dhabi said: “Abu Dhabi Customs continuously seeks to cooperate with different entities to enhance the customs work on the level of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The Administration also works on further developing inspection procedures by adopting the latest tech advancements, and providing the necessary training to raise the performance of customs inspectors in their role to protect the homeland and citizens from any risks of illegal trade.”

This report highlights the most prominent seized substances across the different customs centres in Abu Dhabi during the first half of 2016:

Illegal Drugs:

The customs centres in Abu Dhabi recorded 299 smuggling attempts of illegal drugs, which amounted 12,974 grams and 2,145,803.5 narcotic pills and substances of which 5027.5 were identified as tramadol and 2,127,487 as captagon. Most of these smuggling attempts were recorded in Abu Dhabi International Airport Customs Centre with 231 attempts, followed by Al Ghuwaifat Customs Centre with 14 attempts and 10 attempts for each of Khatm Al Shikla Customs Centre and Abu Dhabi Central Post Office Custom Centre. The most notable illegal drug smuggling attempts are:

  1. Abu Dhabi International Airport Customs Centre’s inspectors suspected a passenger travelling into the Emirate from an Arab country. The inspectors subjected the 29 years old Arab passenger to further inspection and found 369 narcotic pills, 119 capsules of a restricted drug and 1.55 grams of shabu (crystal meth) as well as tools for drug use.
  1. Based on a lead from the Anti-Narcotics department, inspectors from Mezyad Customs Centre investigated two passengers coming to the country in a private vehicle, a 37 years old Asian man and a 58 years old Arab man. Upon inspection of the vehicles, inspectors seized 3106.5 grams of narcotic substance in the vehicle’s transmission. The travellers were also caught in possession of 3,400 AED and 146,600 SR.
  1. Upon the arrival of a flight from an Asian country, inspectors from the Abu Dhabi International Airport Customs Centre suspected a 26 years old Asian traveller and summoned him for inspection. The traveller was caught in possession of a box of sweets in his handbag filled with 1,634 kg (1 kg and 634 gram) of poppy seeds.
  1. Upon the arrival of a flight from an Asian country, inspectors from the Abu Dhabi International Airport Customs Centre suspected a 35 years old western man and summoned him for inspection. The traveller was caught in possession of 10.28 grams of narcotics and 1,122 narcotic pills, in addition to 38 bottles filled with liquid made out of narcotic substance hidden in his personal belonging.
  1. Upon the arrival of a flight from an Asian country, inspectors from the Abu Dhabi International Airport Customs Centre suspected a 54 years old Arab woman. The traveller was caught in possession of 3,200 narcotic pills hidden in her purse.
  1. Inspectors from the Abu Dhabi International Airport Customs Centre suspected a traveller coming into the Emirate from an Arab country and summoned him for inspection. The 29 years old western traveller was caught in possession of 183 grams of spice, 29.78 grams of some other narcotic substance hidden within his belongings. When further examined, the traveller was caught with 54.97 grams of spice hidden between his clothes.
  1. Upon the arrival of a flight from an Asian country, inspectors from the Abu Dhabi International Airport Customs Centre suspected a 19 years old Asian traveller and summoned him for inspection. The traveller was found in the possession of 2,490 narcotic pills hidden in his bag.

Illegal immigrants:

Abu Dhabi Customs officials foiled 25 illegal immigration attempts across Abu Dhabi customs centres in the first half of 2016, stopping 28 people of different nationalities from entering or exiting the country illegally. Al Ghuwaifat Customs Centre recorded the largest number of illegal immigrations – which amounted to 11, Mezyad Customs Centre with 6 illegal attempts, followed by 4 illegal attempts for each of Khatm Al Shikla Customs Centre and Madheef Customs Centre.

Commercial fraud:

Abu Dhabi Customs foiled 135 attempts of commercial fraud including non-disclosure of goods, as well as manipulating product weights and country of origin, invoices, details and container numbers. Al Ghuwaifat Customs Centre recorded the largest number of commercial fraud with a total of 62 attempts, followed by 47 attempts in Khatm Al Shikla Customs Centre.

Money smuggling:

Abu Dhabi Customs foiled 32 money smuggling attempts, with 10 attempts for each of Khatm Al Shikla Customs Centre and Mezyad Customs Centre, six attempts at Abu Dhabi International Airport Customs Centre, and five at Al Ghuwaifat Customs Centre. The most significant money smuggling attempts are:

  1. Customs inspectors in Abu Dhabi International Airport became suspicious of a traveller coming from an Asian country and summoned him for further inspection. The 36 years old Asian traveller was caught in the possession of 50,000 US dollars hidden inside a metal box in his handbag.
  1. Customs inspectors in Abu Dhabi International Airport became suspicious of a traveller coming from an Asian country and summoned him for inspection. The 41 years old Asian traveller was caught in the possession of different currencies. The traveller held a total of SR 81,500, QR 8,900, and OMR 1,495 hidden in his backpack.
  1. Customs inspectors in Mezyad Customs Centre became suspicious of a traveller coming into the Emirate and summoned him for inspection. The 39 years old Arab traveller was caught in the possession of different currencies including SR 16,500, QR 21,000 and AED 30,400. Upon inspection of the vehicle another SR 249,000 were found hidden professionally inside the car’s seat.

Counterfeit products:

Abu Dhabi Customs foiled five counterfeiting attempts, which included two attempts to smuggle counterfeited drugs in Abu Dhabi Central Post Office Customs Centre, one attempt of counterfeited money in Abu Dhabi International Airport Customs Centre in addition to a smuggling attempt in Al Ghuwaifat Customs Centre which included 3,168 of counterfeited perfumes. In details of the last seizure, Al Ghuwaifat Customs’ inspectors became suspicious of a truck coming into the Emirate driven by a 25 years old Asian. The vehicle was further inspected and inspectors found 33 packages carrying 3,168 boxes of counterfeited perfumes brands.

Alcohol:

Abu Dhabi Customs foiled 76 alcohol smuggling attempts, with more than 278 bottles and boxes of alcohol. The largest number of attempts was recorded in Abu Dhabi International Airport Customs Centre with 37 alcohol smuggling attempts, followed by 11 attempts in Al Hili Customs Centre and 10 in Al Madheef Customs Centre.

Tobacco:

The customs centres in Abu Dhabi recorded 728 tobacco smuggling attempts, which included 11 cases of cigarette smuggling and 717 for tobacco. Al Ain land Customs Centres recorded the largest number of tobacco smugglings.

Prescription drugs:

Abu Dhabi Customs foiled 1,088 smuggling attempts of drugs that can only be prescribed by a medical practitioner, expired drugs and drugs greater than the quantity authorised. Most of the attempts occurred through Abu Dhabi Central Post Office Customs Centre with 551 attempts, followed by 162 attempts in Al Ain International Airport Customs Centre, 155 attempts for Abu Dhabi International Airport Customs Centre, 113 attempts in Al Ain Central Post Office Customs Centre, along with other customs centres. One of the most important smuggling attempts occurred in Abu Dhabi International Airport, when inspectors suspected envelope sent through a courier company to a woman from an Arab country living in the UAE. Inspectors seized 200 pills of tramadol and 756 other narcotic pills. 

Background Information

Department of Finance in UAE

The Department of Finance was established in 1962, and it plays a fundamental role in providing Abu Dhabi government entities with the best-in-class financial services and specialized solutions as well as managing available resources efficiently.

توقيف 41 شخصا في مظاهرات الجزائر

Published February 23rd, 2019 - 09:07 GMT
توقيف 41 شخصا في مظاهرات الجزائر
توقيف 41 شخصا في مظاهرات الجزائر

أعلنت المديرية العامة للأمن الوطني (الشرطة) الجزائرية، مساء الجمعة، توقيف 41 شخصا في مظاهرات شهدتها عدة مدن ضد ترشح الرئيس عبد العزيز بوتفليقة لولاية خامسة في انتخابات 18 أبريل/ نيسان القادم.

وأكدت إدارة الشرطة في بيان اطلعت عليه وكالة الاناضول أن عمليات التوقيف كانت بسبب “الإخلال بالنظام العام والاعتداء على القوة العامة وتحطيم الممتلكات” دون تقديم تفاصيل أكثر حول أماكن توقيف هؤلاء المتظاهرين.

والجمعة، استجاب آلاف المواطنين بعدة محافظات جزائرية، إلى دعوات للتظاهر تم تداولها عبر شبكات التواصل، ضد ترشح بوتفليقة (81 عاما) لولاية خامسة في انتخابات الرئاسة المقررة في 18 أبريل/ نيسان القادم.

واتسمت هذه المظاهرات بالسلمية في أغلب مناطق البلاد باستثناء حدوث مواجهات بين قوات مكافحة الشغب ومتظاهرين بوسط العاصمة خلال محاولتهم السير نحو القصر الرئاسي .

ووفق شهود عيان لجأت قوات الأمن إلى الغاز المسيل للدموع وتوقيف عدة أشخاص بعد تحذيرات للمتظاهرين وتعرضها للرشق بمقذوفات وحجارة قبل أن يتراجع المحتجون ويغادروا المكان.

وصبيحة اليوم نشر ناشطون معلومات عبر شبكات التواصل الاجتماعي حول توقيف عدد من زملائهم قبل بداية المظاهرات بالعاصمة.

وعلقت الرابطة الجزائرية للدفاع عن حقوق الإنسان (مستقلة) على بيان الشرطة بالمطالبة ب”الإفراج الفوري عن الموقوفين وان يتم احترام حق التظاهر سلميا” كما نشرت على صفحتها بموقع “فيسبوك”.

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