Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Qatar- Crackdown on narcotics smugglers  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - The Peninsula - 17/08/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The Qatar General Authority of Customs detected 851 offences and foiled attempts to smuggle in huge quantities of alcohol and narcotics into the country last year.

The Customs Department, with the support of Interpol and Qatar's Civil Defence Department, also aborted a series of attempts to flood the local market with counterfeit products.

In one operation, the Customs Department, with the support of its Marine squad, seized 9,000 bottles of alcohol. In separate incidents, it also impounded huge quantities of narcotics.

In one case, offenders tried to smuggle in several cartons of liquor by using secret wooden cases through Doha Port. They had been under the radar of the Customs Department until the consignment reached their secret store in the Industrial Area.

Customs officials, along with security forces, raided the building and seized the contraband. The suspects were later handed over to Capital Security Police, Ahmed Yousif Al Sahl, Director of Marine Customs, said in a report released by the Authority.

The last three months of 2013 witnessed a massive hunt for lawbreakers who tried to smuggle in large amounts of narcotics.

The contraband included narcotic pills, hashish and marijuana.

Drug traffickers were carrying 22,376 pills of various contraband and used different methods to smuggle them into the country.

In one case, drug pushers tried to smuggle in narcotics by concealing them inside sweets and nut shells.

A large quantity of pills was hidden inside a tin of frozen food in the baggage of a passenger from an Arab country.

The passenger had been under the surveillance of customs officers until he arrived at a check-point.

In another major haul, the Air Customs Department seized 1.5kg of opium from an Asian passenger on his arrival at the airport.

They also aborted repeated attempts by different groups of smugglers to flood the Qatari market with counterfeit products.

Studies estimate that the presence of counterfeit products in the Arab market is costing Arab countries an estimate 88bn every year.

The GCC counties collectively suffered an estimated 18bn loss due to counterfeit products in their markets in 2013.

The international market is at the risk of losing an estimated 780bn per year, or about 5 percent to 10 percent of the total value of trading, the Directorate of Customs said in its report.

 


The Peninsula




  MENA News Headlines
 Jan 28 2015 - DIB picks arrangers for potential Tier 1 sukukKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Dubai - Dubai Islamic Bank, or DIB, said on Tuesday that it picked eight banks to arrange roadshows from January 8 for a potential benchmark size dollar-denominated sukuk ...

 Jan 28 2015 - What next for Londonium and Barclays?Khaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) I have tried to visit Britain on the eve of every general election since the end of the Thatcher era (by Tory regicide, not the ballot box) in November 1990 in search of ...

 Jan 28 2015 - Emirates NBD - holding the banking fortKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The banking industry looks set to sustain positive trends this year due to strong macroeconomic economic indicators, sufficient liquidity and low interest rates in the ...

 Jan 28 2015 - China pumps cash into banks in a bid to accelerate growthKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Beijing - China's central bank has bolstered support for the cooling Chinese economy by injecting another 50 billion yuan ($8.1 billion) worth of short-term loans into banks ...

 Jan 28 2015 - Union National Bank posts 16% jump in annual earningsKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) People walking past a Union National Bank branch in Dubai. The total assets of the UNB Group increased by seven per cent in 2014 to Dh93.5 billion as at December 31, 2014. - ...

 Jan 28 2015 - Gulf Arab countries may need to rethink policy: Qatari bankerKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Dubai - Gulf Arab oil states may need to rethink longstanding economic policies, including their fixed exchange rates, over the next five to 10 years as economic cycles in ...

 Jan 28 2015 - GCC retail sector on growth pathKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Dubai - GCC retail sales are expected to grow at a 7.3 per cent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between 2013 and 2018 to reach $284.5 billion, according to Alpen ...

 Jan 28 2015 - Dubai International airport crowned as world's busiestKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The airport's passenger numbers boosted by 6.1 per cent to 70.5 million in 2014 and pushed the Heathrow down to the second position as London's top airport handled 68.1 ...

 Jan 28 2015 - Sharjah's Dh17.7b budget to ensure economic upliftKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Sharjah - His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, on Tuesday approved the 2015 general budget of the emirate ...

 Jan 28 2015 - MAF earnings jump 10% plans to double businessKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Dubai - Majid Al Futtaim, or MAF, the Dubai-based shopping mall, retail and leisure conglomerate, announced on Tuesday plans to double its business within five years after ...

more...


 






Google

Internatinal Property Show

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help