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Dubai Customs foils bid to smuggle 1kg of heroin.

Dubai: Police yesterday arrested a passenger at Dubai International Airport who swallowed more than one kilogram of heroin and attempted to smuggle it into the country.

The Asian suspect was initially stopped by Dubai Customs as he was passing through Terminal 1.

Ali Saleh Al Maghawi, Director of Passenger Operations Department at Dubai Customs, said that customs inspectors suspected the passenger after he completed the passport procedures.

"The passenger seemed confused, nervous and anxious, and customs inspectors also noticed signs of exhaustion in him so they decided to closely monitor him when he entered the customs checking zone to complete inspection procedures," he said.

The suspect was instructed to walk through the body scanner, which is when the customs inspectors noticed a suspicious substance inside his stomach. During questioning, the passenger admitted that they were capsules containing a narcotic substance but that he did not know what they contained.

It was eventually discovered that the suspect had swallowed 110 plastic capsules containing 1.16kg of heroin.

Al Maghawi pointed out that the suspect confessed that he received the narcotics from another person at the airport before departing and intended to extract them later in the day after arriving in the UAE. The suspect was supposed to contact a Dubai resident and deliver the capsules to him.

As per the joint cooperation and coordination between Dubai Customs and the Department of Anti-Narcotics at Dubai Police, the passenger was arrested and the drugs were seized.

Al Magahwi added that Dubai Customs continuously work on improving inspectors' skills by enrolling them in training courses on inspection techniques and body language, in a bid to learn about people's spontaneous reactions.

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
Date:Aug 8, 2012
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