Dubai Customs seizes 4 kg of opium hidden in postal parcel

Published April 4th, 2010 - 07:50 GMT

Dubai Customs inspectors at Dubai Cargo Village seized four kilograms of opium which was hidden in a postal parcel on a transit flight coming from an Arab country and heading to a Western country through Dubai.

Performing the adopted precautionary measures for the suspected cases, a customs officer suspected a luggage and examined it through the x-ray machine. Afterwards, the Technical Support Unit and the K9- Dogs Squad was brought into the scene to check the cargo. Based on the K9 reaction to the substance, it was transferred to the laboratory and tests confirmed that it contained four kilograms of opium narcotics.

The seizure was transferred to the General Department of the Anti Narcotics at the General Department of Dubai Police, inline with the ongoing coordination and cooperation between both sides.

Inspectors’ vigilance against the smugglers’ attempts reflects on the attention Dubai Customs gives to its cadres by providing them with training opportunities that help develop their skills and competencies. The Department is also keen on introducing the latest technical and technological advancements in the field of detection and checkup. It does so by attending the international conferences and exhibitions that present the most recent developments in order to provide the inspectors with the most hi-tech inspection tools and the sufficient knowledge to operate them. All these facts contribute much to foiling more smuggling attempts of the illegal products.”

Customs inspectors make great efforts to ensure continuity of legitimate trade and enhance Dubai Customs well-reputed status in the field of combating smuggling. Despite the active trade movement at the different customs entries in Dubai, inspectors foil the smuggling attempts made by some people who try to take advantage of the facilities provided to smuggle prohibited items.

Dubai Customs gives much interest to combating smuggling. And the efforts made in this regard are well-received by the Interpol, the World Trade Organization and World Customs Organization which helps reinforce Dubai’s trustworthiness internationally.

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