Dubai Customs seize 9kg opium
Dubai, February 2, 2011
Dubai Customs inspectors at the Cargo Village have seized nine kilos of opium hidden in wooden toys within three cargos coming from an Asian country heading to three Western countries via Dubai.
Omar Ahmed Al Mehairi, senior manager of Dubai Customs Air Cargo Operations, said that two shipments were sent by air in care of a company based in some Asian countries to their ways to two western countries, while the third shipment was sent in care of a company based in the same Asian country and it was heading to a western country.
He explained that the narcotics were similarly hidden into wooden toys within the three parcels.
“The team inspectors suspected into the contents and accordingly the three parcels were scanned by the X-ray and surprisingly the machine showed abnormal density into the pockets inside the parcels,” said Al Mehairi.
“While manually searching the wooden toys, inspectors discovered nine kilograms of exotic substance, and the team inspectors identified the characteristics of the substance as narcotics.”
“Dubai Customs Mobile Lab was called, took a sample from the contraband for the examination and reported that the suspected exotic substance was narcotic opium,” he explained.
With the cooperation of Dubai Police headquarter general anti-drug office, the intelligence information of the three shipments was disseminated to the authorities concerned in the destination countries, he added. – TradeArabia News Service