Dubai Customs foils smuggling bid
Dubai, June 22, 2011
Dubai Customs inspectors at Dubai International Airport recently foiled an attempt to smuggle fake banknotes of US dollars with a total value of $ 56,500.
The currencies were possessed by a female passenger coming from an Asian country who was trying to smuggle them into the UAE.
Ali Al Mugahwi, director of Airport Operations at Dubai Customs, said that a customs inspector working at Dubai International Airport Terminal 1 suspected a female passenger while she was on her way to the customs inspection area as she looked shaken and reluctant and behaved strangely.
“At first, when her luggage was examined through the electronic checkup machine, nothing suspicious was detected,” Al Mugahwi said.
“However, when a female Dubai Customs inspector manually and meticulously searched the luggage, she found black carbon papers bearing the picture of 100 banknote American dollars in an almost invisible way.”
“The papers which were wrapped and spread in different parts of the luggage and in between the suspect’s clothes were a total of 565 papers. These papers are believed to be used in witchcraft and money multiplication crimes,” he added.
During interrogation, she said she was going to buy a chemical substance used for forging money and apply them to these papers to make them look as if they were original.
The passenger, along with the seized items, was transferred to Airport Security at Terminal 1 to take the necessary legal actions against her.
Al Mugahwi stressed that smuggling duplicated currencies threaten the national and international economies since fake money has absolutely no real value and therefore considered a massive loss for individuals and parties who unknowingly take or receive them as these cunningly faked currencies might be exchanged in the country’s local markets. – TradeArabia News Service