x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Passenger 'caught with 6kg of drugs in suitcases'

Airport officers find crystal meth in false bottoms of suitcases.

DUBAI // A businessman had almost six kilograms of crystal methamphetamine hidden in false bottoms of his suitcases at Dubai airport, customs officials revealed yesterday.

A team of inspectors followed the passenger, from an unidentified Asian country, after he landed at Dubai International Airport on New Year's Eve.

"When the passenger approached the customs area at Terminal One, inspectors emptied his bags of clothes and scanned it to discover an unusual unevenness in the bottom," said Ali Al Mugahwi, the director of airport operations at Dubai Customs.

Mr Al Mugahwi said that layers of plaster and sponge found in the man's luggage concealed bags of an icy-looking substance, which the mobile drug laboratory identified as crystal meth.

One bag weighed 2.95kg and another 2.8kg.

"When interrogated, the passenger claimed that the luggage belonged to another passenger who accompanied him during the flight and had already left the terminal," Mr Al Mugahwi said.

The businessman was handed over to the anti-narcotics department at Dubai Police.

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