Abu Dhabi Customs foil attempt to smuggle 3 kilos of narcotics

contraband was hidden in the roof of a truck

ABU DHABI 11 May 2017: Inspectors from the General Administration of Customs – Abu Dhabi have foiled an attempt to smuggle three kilograms of narcotics at the Al Ghuwaifat Border.

Working in coordination with the Drug Enforcement Section at Abu Dhabi Police, the customs officers found the narcotic substances hidden in the roof of a truck’s interior.

After initial suspicion, inspectors subjected the vehicle to a detailed inspection alongside officers from the Abu Dhabi Police Drug Enforcement Section. During the inspection, officers found a hidden compartment in the cabin of the truck. The compartment contained brown bags with a substance suspected of being a narcotic and weighing three kilograms.

Inspectors issued a seizure report, seized the suspected narcotics and transferred the truck driver to the authorities to take the necessary legal action.

The seizure proves the experience and the efficiency of the customs inspectors, said Mohamed Khadem Al Hameli, Acting Director-General of the General Administration of Customs – Abu Dhabi.

He praised their commitment and efforts to protect their homeland from any potential risks caused by cross-border trade and noted that the administration’s development strategy for appointing high quality and experienced inspectors and developing the skills of new inspectors to detect illegal substances and read body language – was a success.

Al Hameli said, “The General Administration of Customs – Abu Dhabi continues its efforts in maintaining the UAE’s security and ensuring a safe environment for residents. The administration’ employees are the country’s first line of defence in maintaining safety across its land, sea and air ports.”

By Rajive Singh