$272m worth drug haul by Dubai Customs
Dubai, May 1, 2012
Dubai Customs has foiled an attempt to smuggle 91 million Tramadol tablets, with a total value of about Dh1billion ($272 million).
The drug is prohibited to be used outside its normal medical use, said a statement.
The seizure was a knock out for the traffickers who deal in this type of drug which is widely used by young people in many other countries in the region, it said.
The large consignment was caught at Jebel Ali Port and Jebel Ali Free Zone hidden in 1,695 boxes inside six containers - four 40-square-foot containers and two 20-square-foot containers coming from an Asian country through different navigation lines.
Saeed Ahmed Al-Tayer, senior director of Jebel Ali Cargo Operations Department, said that they had tracked the activities of the suspected company, which imported the consignment, operating at Jebel Ali Free Zone.
The available information at Dubai Customs e-Clearance System indicated that, and as per to the Customs declaration, the company had imported huge amounts of cosmetics and medical instrument and the goods were arriving by sea from some Asian countries to Jebel Ali Port.
The examination by customs inspectors proved that the cartons contained drugs of tramadol and the description was not in conformity with the declaration which mentioned the goods as cosmetics and medical instruments without identifying their types. The cartons were resealed and the contraband was halted, the statement said.
The use of this opiate substance without a medical prescription may endanger life, result in heart attack and then death. – TradeArabia News Service