The smuggling of 12.5 kg of marijuana concealed in the luggage liner of a traveler entering Dubai International Airport was stopped by inspectors from Dubai Customs.
The pills were found on a traveler traveling from an African nation, according to Dubai Customs, who claimed they employed cutting-edge screening technologies to find the drugs in the traveler’s suitcases.
“Inspection officers at the Passenger Operations Department at Dubai International Airport were able to identify the suspicious bags after they passed the x-ray machines, which revealed abnormal density in the two bags,” Dubai Customs said in a statement. “The bags then were searched manually and the marijuana, which was hidden skilfully in the inner lining of the bags, was discovered and seized.”
The first bag had two plastic bags concealed within that weighed 2.9kg and 2.7kg of marijuana, and the second bag had two bags that weighed 3.4kg and 3.5kg of marijuana, for a total weight of 12.5kg.
Ibrahim Kamali, Director of Passenger Operations Department, said: “These seizures reflect the integration and full coordination between the various customs units at the Dubai International Airport and the quick response to thwart any smuggling attempts and prevent the entry of narcotics as part of Dubai Customs vision to lead safe customs worldwide.”
One of the inspectors noticed suspicious bags in a traveler traveling from an African nation, which sparked the operation.
The passenger was questioned whether he had anything to declare at the inspection area, but he replied that he had nothing to disclose. The drugs were then confiscated after a manual search of the luggage.
Dubai Customs is preventing the entry of illegal or forbidden drugs into the UAE by employing cutting-edge technologies, such as underwater drone technology.
One of them is the Smart Deterrence Inspection Drone, a cutting-edge drone designed to support customs inspection operations in challenging environments. Inspectors are kept safe by using it to take their place in hazardous locations.
They also employ the Siyaj Buggy, a cutting-edge inspection vehicle with the ability to pass underneath vehicles, the capacity to record and save high-resolution images, as well as a 360-degree 30-meter shooting range.
The Customs Dolphin, a dolphin-like marine robot, is outfitted with cutting-edge technology, such as a waterproof 12 megapixel 4k camera that is mounted to a robotic arm that can move to cover a 220-degree angle. The submarine can capture high-definition still images and shoot live videos while swimming at a speed of 8 knots, or 16 kilometers per hour. With the use of the GPS, it can also scan specific locations underwater. The control and streaming range is roughly 1,000 meters.
To detect any attempts by marine boats, to get rid of the forbidden commodities before the ship approaches the customs inspection pier, inspectors can remotely operate the customs dolphins and send them to monitor the marine vessels and their movements before they enter the port.
Through the use of its cutting-edge technologies, Dubai Customs made nearly 5,000 seizures in the past year, including the nation’s largest-ever haul of crushed captagon, a highly addictive amphetamine.