Dubai Customs announced 1,273 drug seizures at Emirate of Dubai border ports (land, sea, air and passenger operations) during the year.

These included Tramadol tablets, Captagon, opium, heroin, cannabis seeds, marijuana, restricted narcotics and other drugs.

Dubai Customs is stepping up its efforts to combat all forms of smuggling, particularly narcotics, through its Siyaj system, an integrated security system to monitor the emirate’s customs ports.

It leverages technologies such as AI, binoculars, drones, electric cars and unique devices to detect contraband and dangerous substances, based on rapid response teams that work around the clock. 24, alongside the K9 canine unit section which supports targeting and inspection operations in the field. .

Mansoor Al Malik, Executive Director of the Policy and Legislation Division of Dubai Customs, confirmed that the department has prioritized protecting the community from narcotics and smuggling, and that its five-year plan 2021-2026 includes a target major strategy to lead secure customs around the world.

He also stressed that the department is committed to fully cooperating with strategic partners of the security authorities to thwart any attempt at drug smuggling.

Rashid Al-Dhabbah Al-Suwaidi, Acting Director of Maritime Customs Management, said that Dubai has become an international model in the fight against drugs, their risks and harm to health. The total number of seizures reported over the past year stands at 3,735, including 1,273 drug seizures.

As part of a qualitative operation called “Cockpit”, Dubai Customs successfully thwarted the smuggling of 234.68 kilograms of the narcotic “hashish” and prevented their trafficking to the United Arab Emirates.

Mohammed Abdullah Al-Suwaidi, Senior Director of Intelligence Operations at Dubai Customs, confirmed that Dubai Customs has enabled many authorities around the world to thwart drug smuggling attempts.

International customs administrations have praised the role of Dubai Customs in reducing drug trafficking globally.

Among the successes, Dubai Customs helped an Asian country seize up to 700 kilograms of methamphetamine powder worth around $310 million that was hidden on a cargo ship, the second largest drug confiscation ever made in this country.


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