x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Dubai customs busts smuggling attempt

An African man allegedly attempted to smuggle 1.5kg of the stimulant crystal methamphetamine through Dubai International Airport.

DUBAI // Customs officials have seized 1.5kg of the stimulant crystal methamphetamine that an African man allegedly attempted to smuggle through Dubai International Airport. The substance was discovered after a customs inspector became suspicious of the shape of his luggage. The substance was concealed inside two secret pockets in the passenger's suitcase. The man denied knowing what was in his luggage, which he claimed he had been asked to deliver to contacts in an Asian country, said Ali al Mugahwi, the director of airport operations at Dubai Customs. The case is being referred to anti-narcotics police for further investigation.

Last month, Dubai Customs seized 14.6 tonnes of chemicals used to manufacture cocaine and heroin. * The National