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Dh47.5m worth of drugs Seized By Dubai Customs at Hamriya Port

Dubai Customs officers have seized a whopping Dh47. 5 million worth of drugs from a shipping container which landed up at Hamriya Port.

Customs officers said that they uncovered about 30kg of crystal meth and 46kg of hashish on Saturday.

According to the offices, the drugs were rather “skillfully stashed” in the container!

Suspicious Shipment Headed To The Emirate

Ibrahim Kamali, who is the acting executive director of Customs Inspection Division, said they received intelligence on the “suspicious shipment” as it was headed to the emirate.

The container was flagged as “high risk” by their Risk Engine system and was tracked all the way.

Upon arrival, a team of inspection officers at Hamriya Customs Centre scanned it from the outside and it was found to have “abnormal density”.

A team of K-9 sniffer dogs were then sent in to uncover the drugs. The on-site mobile laboratory then screened the recovered contraband for drugs and the test result turned out positive.

Risk Engine System Used By Dubai Customs

Kamali noted that Dubai Customs had recently stepped up its efforts to counter drug smuggling attempts. This has been done by “raising alertness levels of its teams and enhancing the efficiency of control and inspection operations at various points of entry”.

Speaking about the intellingence, Kamali noted that:

“Our strong customs intelligence along with the use of advanced scanning equipment and inspection technologies have been instrumental to deterring several drug trafficking attempts,”

Dubai Customs make use of a smart Risk Engine system, developed entirely in-house, in order to help expose any attempts to smuggle contraband into the emirate.

The system filters through all data on customs declarations of consignments as well as individuals, so it looks like nothing will get past them undetected!