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The bags filled with Captagon pills recovered from the vessel’s fuel tank with the help of dogs from Dubai Customs’ K9 unit. Image Credit: Dubai Customs

Dubai: Dubai Customs has thwarted an attempt to smuggle 800,000 amphetamine-type stimulant Captagon pills into the country in a special seizure called ‘International Day Against Drugs Operation’.

The drug haul was found concealed in the fuel tank of a boat shipment coming to the Port of Jebel Ali.

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It all started when Customs Intelligence officers became suspicious of an inbound shipment to Jebel Ali Port that was flagged by the Risk Engine system as a high-risk container consignment from an Arab country.

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A team was formed from the Special Tasks staff of the Customs Intelligence Department and inspection officers at Jebel Ali Customs Inspection Centre to carefully track down the movement of the shipment. Upon scanning the container using the Advanced Container Scanning System, an abnormal density was observed and with the help of the Customs K-9 Dog unit – the illegal Captagon pills were uncovered.

Shuaib Al Suwaidi

In the presence of the concerned importer, the team in-charge dismantled the fuel tank to find a large number of transparent bags printed with an ‘L’ brand. The bags contained a total of 800,000 Captagon pills with a street value of Dh3 million.

Commenting on the seizure, Shuaib Al Suwaidi, director of Customs Intelligence, pointed out that the drug smuggling attempt was efficiently foiled thanks to the targeting and risk assessment capacities of the Risk Engine system which was developed in-house by Dubai Customs.

Youssel Al Hashemi

Youssel Al Hashemi, director of Jebel Ali Customs Centres, said all customs departments work together closely to combat illegitimate trade and thwart any narcotic drugs smuggling bids.

“Our inspectors are very vigilant to keep the country borders and society safe from the dangers of illicit narcotics trade,” he noted.