Dubai Customs foils 3 smuggling bids
Dubai, September 14, 2011
Dubai Customs inspectors at Dubai International Airport recently foiled three separate attempts of smuggling drugs stuffed in capsules hidden inside the guts of three passengers from different nationalities.
The passengers swallowed up the capsules before arriving at Dubai in an attempt to evade customs inspectors.
The total confiscated heroin, estimated at more than 2.5 kg, was in a total 219 capsules, 83 of which were detected with an Asian passenger and 86 capsules were found with another Asian passenger while the other 50 capsules were seized from an African female passenger, said Ali Al Mugahwi, director of Passenger Operations Department at Dubai Customs.
Al Mugahwi explained that a female customs inspector at Dubai Intl Airport-Terminal 2 suspected an Asian passenger coming to Dubai on a tourist visa.
During the routine baggage search procedures, the inspector noticed his frisky behaviour and subsequently, he was examined by the Body Scan machine which detected some murky items inside his guts. Examination confirmed that the suspect was hiding inside his guts 83 capsules stuffed with heroin and weighing 835 grams.
Details of the second seizure started when an inspector at the Passenger Operations Department suspected an Asian passenger coming to Dubai via Airport Terminal 2 as well.
Nothing suspicious was found during the initial manual search of the handbag, but the body scan revealed unidentified items inside his guts. Upon questioning, he admitted to swallowing drug-stuffed capsules.
A total of 86 capsules were disposed at the hospital with a total weight of 879 grams of heroin narcotics.
As for the third attempt which took place at Dubai Intl Airport Terminal 3, an inspector suspected an African female passenger coming from an African country although at first examining her luggage through the x-ray machine did not manage to find any prohibited items; nor could the manual examination of the luggage.
Nevertheless, when she was examined through the Body Scan machine, the detector showed strange substances inside her body believed to be illegal narcotics. Soon after, the detected bodies turned out to be 50 capsules of pure narc-heroin.
The three captured “smugglers” along with the contrabands and the seizure investigation reports were transferred to the Anti-Narcotics office at Dubai Int’l Airport. Further investigations revealed that the three suspects were intending to hand over the narcotic to their accomplices. – TradeArabia News Service