Dubai – 2 November 2023: Some people think that due to the high volume of travelers coming to Dubai, it might be easier to smuggle prohibited substances. However, Dubai Customs officers are closely monitoring and actively countering any attempts of smuggling. A prime example of their success is when inspectors from the Passenger Operations Department at Dubai International Airport apprehended a traveler arriving from a European country who was trying to smuggle various small drugs that were cleverly concealed within his luggage, making them hard to detect.
The items included 292 hallucinogenic pills, 5 hallucinogenic stamps, 13.84 grams of hallucinogenic powder, 7.38 grams of crack cocaine, and 274.59 grams of the narcotic substance known as 'crystal.'
Khaled Ahmed, the Acting Director of the Passenger Operations Department, emphasized that Dubai Customs is dedicated to safeguarding the community and combating drug smuggling into the country. They rely on highly skilled, experienced, and efficient personnel, as well as state-of-the-art inspection and scanning equipment at airports and customs ports throughout Dubai, along with various support systems.
He stressed that Dubai Customs spares no effort in pursuing its strategic goal, as it acts as the first line of defense against the infiltration of these harmful substances, which threaten both individual health and the economy.
Khaled Ahmed added, 'At Dubai Customs, we are committed to preventing all smuggling attempts and protecting the country's borders as part of our national duty. When looking at the measures taken to seize banned substances with the European traveler, it becomes evident that multiple departments cooperated to expose the traveler's deceptions, closely monitor and inspect his luggage to uncover the various concealed substances. Nevertheless, Dubai Customs remains vigilant and ready to intercept any endeavor to introduce drugs into the UAE, diligently employing accumulated expertise to detect and thwart such smuggling attempts.'