Dubai Customs seize 10kg opium haul

Smugglers had attempted to hide the illegal drugs in ladies’ handbags
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By Neil King
Sun 13 Jan 2013 04:12 PM

Dubai Customs inspectors have found 10kg of liquid opium, worth AED250,000 (US$68,000), hidden inside 42 ladies' handbags.

Officials discovered the narcotics during a routine customs inspection at Cargo Village, having grown suspicious about the contents of two parcels which had arrived from an unnamed Asian country.

Destined for a western country, the parcels contained a consignment of handbags, but a manual inspection revealed a dark brown substance concealed inside the bags.

The Mobile Lab and Customs K9 Unit were called to examine a sample of the liquid substance, with tests confirming it to be opium.

The shipment has been referred to police for further action.

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