Dubai Customs foils bid to smuggle different GCC currencies

Published November 3rd, 2009 - 01:46 GMT

Dubai Customs inspectors managed to foil a bid to smuggle over AED 200,000 worth of different GCC currencies on October 23rd, 2009 at Dubai Cargo Village, Postal Parcels Inspection and Emirates Section.

Customs inspectors at the Postal Parcels Inspection Section suspected a package that was heading from an Asian country which contained two leather folders owned by an Asian person, according to the documents and papers presented by the carrier agent and the clearance company. A detected bumpiness in the folders noticed by the inspectors while examining the package through the inspection and x-ray machines triggered their suspicion.

After completing the legal procedures, the inspectors opened the package in the presence of its owner and the representative of the clearance company where they found the contraband secretly hidden inside the folders. After opening and examining them, large amounts of GCC currencies were discovered with a total value of AED 208,500.00 (two hundred eight thousands and five hundred dirham) on the market.

The seized currencies were kept and the necessary action was taken by the Customs Department; thus, the cargo declarant was called for interrogations and he confessed being guilty of the crime. Consequently, inline with the mutual coordination and cooperation with the General Department of Dubai Police, the suspect was transferred to the respective security parties to complete the necessary legal procedures against him.

Mr. Omar al Muhairi, Senior Manager of Air Cargo Operations confirmed: “Dubai Customs is committed to carry out its duty, as derived from the strategic plan regarding safety, justice and security, to safeguard Dubai’s boarders from any dangers or violations. We are sending out the message to everybody that Dubai Customs is an invincible line of defense protecting our precious country.”

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