Man stomachs 2kg of heroin in 125 capsules

Dubai Customs, as part of its efforts to combat drug smuggling, has successfully foiled a bid to smuggle more than 2 Kg of heroin by an African passenger, which was in 125 capsules hidden in his stomach when he arrived in Dubai from the Brazilian Airport of Sao Paolo.

Ali Al Maqhawi, Director of Airport Operations at Dubai Customs, uncovered the details of the seizure when he said that customs officers at Terminal 3 of Dubai International Airport suspected, by virtue of their experience in body language, a passenger showing signs of confusion and discomfort in his behaviour.

Customs control was then focused on the suspected passenger until reached the inspection point, but nothing prohibited was found inside his baggage when it passed through the scanning device or during manual inspection.

The increasing signs of unrest shown by the passenger increased the customs officers' suspicions, causing them to submit him to a hi-tech body scan, which detected some items in his stomach suspected to be narcotics. When asked about the nature of the substances, he admitted that they were capsules containing heroin, later discovered to be 125 capsules in which 2,177 grams of heroin was concealed.

The passenger stated that he had been instructed to deliver these drugs to another person against a sum of money.

"As part of the joint coordination and cooperation with Dubai Police Headquarters, the passenger, together with the seizure report and the information obtained during customs investigations, were delivered to the Anti-Drug General Administration for necessary and further actions," said Al Maqhawi.

"The higher efficiency enjoyed by Dubai Customs Inspectors and their experience in studying body language as well as their knowledge of potential methods of smuggling contributed to the detection of these drugs and saving youths from using them," he added.

Al Maqhawi strongly reiterated that Dubai Customs will continue to counter unlawful operations according to its responsibility as society's first line of defence, and by relying upon a national cadre of qualified inspectors who attend specialised training in all areas, and are equipped with modern detection techniques.

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