Dubai Customs claimed a huge win as they seized 663kg of drugs from a dhow in the Creek, making it the drugs raid of its kind.
The dhow was flagged as ‘very high risk’ and tacked down by the Sea Customs team. They then used a K9 unit and ‘endoscopic inspection technology’ to search the dhow and find the stash.
The drugs were seized by the Creek and Deira Wharfage Customs Centre.
“The drugs were concealed skilfully in a secret stash in the vessel. The seized drugs contained 306.44kg of crystal meth, 201.44kg of opium and cannabis, 122.72kg of narcotic pills and psychotropic substances, and 32.62kg of heroin,” Dubai Customs said.
Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director General of Dubai Customs, said: “As part of our strategic role in protecting the society, we stand firm and alert against any smuggling attempt through the borders. This new seizure is an example of how efficiently our people work in these difficult times even as we face COVID-19.”
Dubai aims to become cashless society
The Dubai Government has launched the Dubai Cashless Framework Report with the ultimate aim of becoming a cashless society.
A working group has been set up to create a pathway to turn Dubai into a cash-free society. Meaning cash, coins and notes will no longer be used. Instead, everything will be done electronically through electronic transactions.
Which means no more Dirham coins rattling around in your car, no more cash-in-hand-work and no more banknotes repaired with tape!