Dubai customs authorities made much more drug seizures in the first quarter of 2012 although dealers resorted to new techniques, including post cards, neck ties and mobile phones, to avert being caught.
Officials said customs inspectors at the airport and other outlets in the region’s business and tourism hub made 104 drug seizures in the first quarter of this year compared with 45 in the first quarter of 2011.
The busted quantities included all types of narcotics such as hashish, heroin, cocaine, opium, tramadol, crystal and other drugs.
“It is a difficult task but our men insist on succeeding in stopping these gangs,” said Ahmed Butti Ahmed, CEO of Dubai’s Ports and Free Zone Authority.
“Drug dealers now have second thoughts before bringing in their poisons whether to market them in Dubai or target other markets…yet, that does not means that we have reached 100 per cent protection….more efforts and work need to be done,” he told Albayan newspaper.
He said smugglers keep updating their trafficking techniques to avert being caught by hiding the drugs in unexpected places, including neckties, mobile phones, post cards, money purses, cigarette packets, underwear, shoes, newspapers, stomach and sensitive parts of the body.