Dubai Customs seized 1,834 contraband items in 2012


By Staff

Dubai: The Airport Operations Department at Dubai Customs has made 1,834 seizures at Dubai International Airport in 2012. The seizures included several prohibited and restricted items found in the possession of passengers arriving at the airport.

Dubai International Airport
Dubai International Airport

The majority of smugglers were males between the ages of 26 and 35.

The number of seizures is 15 per cent lower than the number for 2011, where there was 2,165 seizures.

Ali Al Maghawi, Director of Airport Operations Department at Dubai Customs said that these improved statistics reflect the good reputation of Dubai Customs worldwide in terms of foiling smugglers’ attempts.

Al Maghawi explained that the contraband items included drugs, sorcery and witchcraft items, fake goods, counterfeit bank notes and credit cards, antiques, endangered animals and plants, fake medicine, pornography, fake documents, jewellery, silver, diamonds, gold, precious stones and sharp-edged weapons.

There were 1,010 smugglers from Asia, 277 from Africa, 242 from Europe, 229 from North America, 62 from Australia and New-Zealand and 14 from Latin America, Al Maghawi said.

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