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MENAFN - Khaleej Times - 09/10/2012

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(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The Dubai Customs recently foiled an attempt by an African passenger to smuggle 83 capsules of cocaine, weighing 1.6kg and worth over Dh1 million, through Dubai International Airport by concealing them in his guts.

Ali Al Mugahwi, Director of Airport Operations at Dubai Customs, on Monday said the man was arrested at Terminal-1 of the airport.

"The passenger, looking pale, nervous, confused and anxious upon arrival, aroused suspicion of the customs inspectors who found nothing on searching his luggage.

But when he was subjected to a body scan, strange objects appeared in his stomach.

These later proved to be 83 capsules stuffed with cocaine, weighing 1.624kg," he added.

The suspect admitted to his crime when interrogated by the airport authority police and was referred to the Anti-Drugs Department of the Dubai Police.

"He was then referred to the nearest hospital to extract the hidden capsules which could have been digested any time as they were swallowed a long time back and posed a threat to his life."

Al Mugahwi said cocaine is a powerfully addictive central nervous system stimulant that is snorted, injected, or smoked.

"Street-named coke, snow, flake or blow, it usually makes the user feel euphoric and energetic, but also increases body temperature, blood pressure and heart rate."

"Users risk heart attacks, respiratory failure, strokes, seizures, abdominal pain, and nausea," he said, warning of even sudden death on the first use of cocaine or unexpected death afterwards.

Early in January this year, the Dubai Customs busted an African passenger's attempt to smuggle 2.5kg of cocaine, worth Dh3 million, through Terminal-3 of the Dubai International Airport.

In November 2011, the customs thwarted an attempt to smuggle 190 capsules of cocaine, weighing 2.59kg, worth Dh3 million, at Terminal-1 of the Dubai International Airport.

In June 2010, the officials caught a haul of over 7kg of cocaine, also at Terminal-1 of the Dubai International Airport.

"The contraband was found with a Nigerian woman flying from Lagos to Nairobi and finally to Dubai for the first time on a business visa," Al Mugahwi said.


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