(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The ROP's Directorate of Narcotics Control will install new scanners at Muscat International Airport early next year to prevent smuggling of drugs into the sultanate.
Speaking about the issue on the sidelines of the three-day exhibition held to celebrate GCC Inmates Week at Muscat Grand Mall, an official from the directorate said, ''Though drug trafficking exists in the country, we are taking steps to prevent their entry through the airport.''
Another senior official of the directorate said the move will help combat smuggling of drugs. ''We will install the new equipment by next year and, being highly sensitive, they will help check inflow of substances such as heroin, opium and cannabis.''
The exhibition, which ends on Wednesday, demonstrates ways in which drugs have been smuggled into the country.
''One of the most known ways of smuggling drugs we have seen is using books. Packets of drugs are stuffed inside books. At border posts, drugs have been found hidden in shoes and tyres,'' said the first official.
The second edition of GCC Inmates Week, titled Lead me to a better future', has on show more than 50 paintings and models of dhows made by jail inmates.
The exhibition that began on Sunday also has stalls by the Directorate of Narcotics Control, the Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs and the Ministry of Social Developme