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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 27 March 2019

Half a tonne of Captagon seized in Dubai

The pills, weighing half a tonne in total, were found in a container of spare vehicle parts

Millions of Captagon pills are found in a shipment of vehicle spare parts in Dubai. Wam
Millions of Captagon pills are found in a shipment of vehicle spare parts in Dubai. Wam

Smugglers have been caught attempting to bring 5 million Captagon tablets into the country.

The illegal pills were seized by Dubai Customs, who had received intelligence about the shipment though the Regional Intelligence Liaison Office.

Rilo is a regional intelligence network used by customs authorities to share information and track suspect shipments.

The pills, weighing half a tonne, were concealed in a container of vehicle spare parts that arrived at Jebel Ali Free Zone.

The container was scanned and examined by K9 sniffing dogs, who alerted customs officials to the contraband.

"Up to 5 million Captagon pills, weighing 500kg, were seized," said Ahmed Musaibih, director of Dubai Customs. "This raises the number of Captagon pills seized since January 2018 to 15 million."

Since 2016, more than 225 million pills, and 51 kilograms of other prohibited drugs, have been seized by the Jebel Ali and Tecom Customs Centre in 19 raids.

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