By Andy Sambidge
General Administration of Customs says the haul was hidden in truck loaded with vegetables
Customs officials in Abu Dhabi have foiled an attempt to smuggle more than 16,700 bottles of alcoholic drinks out of the UAE.
The General Administration of Customs said the incident took place at Al Ghuwaifat border port when a driver attempted to smuggle 16,713 bottles, including vodka and whisky, out of the country in a truck loaded with vegetables.
A statement issued by the General Administration of Customs said the truck driver was an Arab and was accompanied by another person of the same nationality.
Inspectors found several cardboard boxes filled with thousands of 750ml alcohol bottles, each of which had been "professionally placed" under a vegetable shipment.
"After the inspection, a record was issued on the incident and transferred to the concerned authorities to take all necessary legal actions," the statement read.
Mohamed Khadem Al Hameli, acting director general of the General Administration of Customs praised the ongoing cooperation of all security entities operating at Al Ghuwaifat border port and their commitment to provide maximum protection for the UAE community.
Because of this case, too many trucks stranded at Guwaifat border, which result freight rate shoot up.