Dubai Customs seize 10kg opium haul

Smugglers had attempted to hide the illegal drugs in ladies’ handbags

(Image for illustrative purposes).

(Image for illustrative purposes).

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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