Dubai Customs foils 1,628 smuggling bids in 2017
Dubai Customs made 1,628 seizures during 2017 compared to 1,347 seizures in 2016, which means a 21% increase over 2016.
The Department of Passenger Operations at the airport had the lion’s share with 859 seizures, followed by Land Customs Centers Management with 699 seizures, Air Customs Centers Management with 58 seizures, Jebel Ali Customs Centers with 9 seizures, and Coastal Customs Centre Management with 3 seizures.
Intensive training to Dubai Customs officers and equipping the centers with the latest inspection equipment were among the reasons behind this achievement.
The “White Salt” seizure was a major seizure which shows alertness of Dubai Customs officers and reflects the importance of cooperation and coordination between the Department and the Ministry of Interior and Dubai Police. The smuggler concealed huge amounts of captagon pills in animal guts and wrapped them in salt. Screening detected different density in the barrels that carried the stuff. More than a ton of captagon pills were discovered.
Another contraband saw officers of Jebel Ali Customs Center seize 12 kg of opium. These were skillfully concealed in furniture pieces.
20 February 2018