Dh25 million worth of heroin and meth seized at Dubai port

More than 251kg of crystal meth and 6.4kg of heroin are found hidden in spare car parts

Dubai Customs officers thwart attempt to smuggle of 251.2 kg of crystal meth and 6.4 kg of heroin, hidden in spare car parts, into the emirate. Courtesy Dubai Customs
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An attempt to smuggle almost 260kg of crystal meth and heroin into Dubai has been thwarted by customs officers.

More than 251kg of crystal meth and 6.4kg of heroin, with a total market value of Dh25 million, were found concealed in spare car parts.

The drugs were detected at Jebel Ali Customs Centre, near the port, using the Smart Risk Engine system.

The in-house developed system connects multiple resource channels to streamline information and identify attempts to smuggle contraband into the country.

The owner of the illegal shipment hid the drugs in different sized spare parts, making the contraband more difficult to detect, but K9 Unit dogs were able to find it, a statement from Dubai Customs on Saturday said.

“We work together to thwart any smuggling attempts to protect our society from the hazards of drugs,” said Yousef Al Hashimi, Director of Jebel Ali Customs Centers Management. “We have built a very advanced system to curb these illegal attempts, and this seizure reveals the level of professionalism and skills our staff have”.