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Abu Dhabi Customs foils attempts to smuggle tobacco, money

General Administration of Customs - Abu Dhabi reveals details of three incidents at border

Abu Dhabi Customs foils attempts to smuggle tobacco, money

The General Administration of Customs - Abu Dhabi has foiled three attempts to smuggle money and tobacco as well as an act of commercial fraud.

The first incident involved an Arab cargo truck driver who was attempting to leave the country via the Mezyad Customs Centre, state news agency WAM reported.

Inspectors on duty at the centre became suspicious and took the the truck for a detailed inspection when they found 1,800 boxes of tobacco hidden inside garbage bags in the vehicle.

In the second incident, customs inspectors became suspicious of a vehicle driven by an Arab traveller. When the vehicle was searched, inspectors discovered money in Saudi and Yemeni currencies hidden in different compartments of the vehicle. The total amount of funds smuggled was SR118,485 and YR70,000.

WAM said the money was seized, and the suspect was referred to the competent authorities to take the necessary legal actions.

The third incident involved an Arab driver inside whose druck inspectors found fraudulent invoices. They also discovered 34 printers made in the Philippines, four refrigerators from India, 40 boxes of ink from Taiwan and another 40 from the US, as well as 30 electric toolboxes made in Taiwan. After paying fines, the vehicle was sent back to the country of residence.