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Mon 15 Feb 2010 09:15 AM

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Dubai Customs thwarts drug smugglers

Customs officials swoop to seize cannabis shipment in Dubai Cargo Village.

Dubai Customs thwarts drug smugglers
IN THE BAG: Dubai Customs seized a haul of drugs at Cargo Village at Dubai International Airport.

Dubai Customs officials have prevented a shipment of 2kg of cannabis being smuggled from Africa to Europe via Dubai International Airport’s Cargo Village.

The parcel containing the illegal drug was first noticed when an x-ray machine revealed some irregularities in the packaging.

At that point, an inspector examined the outside of the shipment and came to the conclusion that the wrapping of the parcel had been conducted in such a way as to mislead customs officials.

Dubai Customs then ordered its mobile scanning equipment over to the Cargo Village, along with sniffer dogs, and both confirmed that the shipment contained illegal narcotics.

The Anti Drug Department at Dubai Police Headquarters was then contacted, which spoke to the relevant authorities in the unnamed European country to which the parcel was addressed.

Customs officials arrested the addressee, and have reported back that the individual in question was involved in two other instances of trading heroin.

"This case embodies a live model for the effective cooperation and coordination between Dubai Customs and the relevant authorities in the country from one hand and the other countries in the world on the other hand," said Mohammed Mater Al Mari, executive director of cargo operations at Dubai Customs.

"Cooperation in exchanging information in connection with such shipment was made as well with another European capital city to which the drugs shipment was destined, after leaving Dubai and before landing at its final destination where the owner was waiting."

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