By Staff writer
Qatar’s General Authority of Customs detains passengers at Hamad International Airport
Qatar’s General Authority of Customs (GAC) detained a passenger who was attempting to smuggle $1.2 million worth of jewels at Hamad International Airport.
Qatar News Agency reported that the traveller attempt to smuggle in 53 pieces of pearls and diamonds into the country.
In a statement, the GAC said that a traveller had two cases in his possession when he landed in Qatar. He asked to enter the country with one case and to transfer the other one on a transit trip.
During the proceedings, the customs inspector became suspicious of the traveller and transferred him to a specialised inspector, who then seized small covered packages in his garments around his waist.
The packages contained 7 diamond rings, 3 pearl necklaces and 43 pieces of natural pearls, valued at around $1.2 million (QR4.4 million).
HIA Customs director Ajab Mansour Al Qahtani said that the seizure, while large in value, was one of a number of successful busts that the customs department has on a daily basis, with drugs, jewellery and undeclared cash among the items that officials seized.
The jewels bust was referred to the competent security authority to continue legal procedures, according to the GAC.