By Staff writer
Haul of illegal drugs in 2019 included cocaine, marijuana and lyrica pills
Dubai Customs has revealed details of its drug seizures completed last year.
On the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, the authority said that the drugs found in 2019 included 6.758kg of cocaine concealed in a suitcase and jacket of a lady coming from an African country.
Another passenger coming from an Asian country was carrying 5.6kg of marijuana. While a further seizure was 120 capsules of cocaine weighing 10.10kg induced by a passenger from an Asian country.
Jebel Ali Port Inspection Centre seized 53,760 lyrica pills concealed in cartons as part of a shipment.
Director general of Dubai Customs, Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, said: "We work at the frontline to ensure security and safety of our society, and towards this end we have equipped our centres with the most advanced inspection technologies. These included the Container Smart Inspection System at Jebel Ali Port and the Smart Suitcase Inspection System at Dubai Airports."
Dubai Customs organises workshops and training programs for its inspectors on a regular basis to help them gain more skills in body language, inspection of luggage and how to foil counterfeiting and forgery attempts.
Ibrahim Kamali, director of passenger operations department at Dubai Customs, said: "Dubai Customs continuously develops the skills and experiences of its inspectors through numerous workshops and training programs. This, coupled with the advanced inspection technologies in place including the Smart Risks Engine, the Mobile Lab, Al Kashif Vehicle and the K9 Unit, has helped in thwarting different drug smuggling attempts and securing the borders."