Dubai Customs foils bid to smuggle 67 heroin Capsules hidden inside an Asian passenger‘s guts

Published November 5th, 2009 - 10:01 GMT

Inline with its great efforts in terms of safeguarding the local community from the deadly narcotics and any counterfeit, Dubai Customs foiled a bid to smuggle narcotics consisting of 67 capsules with a total weight of 594 g hidden inside an Asian passenger’s guts in an attempt to bring them into the country through Dubai International Airport.

With regards to the attempt, Mr. Ali Al Mugahwi, Director of Passengers Operation Department in Dubai Customs stated that Customs inspectors at the Dubai Int’l Airport Terminal (1) suspected a female Asian passenger’s frisky behavior when she was on her way to customs inspection point. Customs inspectors monitored her meticulously from a relatively remote distance.

At first, nothing suspicious appeared while examining her luggage through the x-ray machine or the manual search. Afterward, she was accompanied to the body scan machine which detected murky items inside her guts.

When she was questioned by the Investigation Section, Passengers Operations Department at the Airport, she immediately confessed that she was hiding narcotics inside her body. Eventually, it turned out that she was hiding 67 capsules of heroin weighing 594 g.


Inline with the ongoing coordination and cooperation between the two departments and according to each one’s fields of specialty, a record against the suspect was issued and handed to the General Department of the Anti-Narcotics at Dubai Police to complete the necessary legal action.

Mr. Al Mugahwi commended inspectors’ efforts to uncover the large number of smuggling techniques due to the constant relevant training courses the Department provides them with, including body language training, investigative skills training, as well as inspection training. In addition, the highly advanced machines provided by Dubai Customs also contribute a great deal to the inspectors’ proficiency and competence.


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