Dubai Customs seizes 14.6 tonnes of chemicals used in heroin, cocaine
DUBAI - The Dubai Customs recently seized 14.6 tonnes of banned chemical substances used in manufacturing narcotics.
[FONT="]The haul, termed as the “biggest ever” in Dubai Customs’ history, was on a vessel at Jebel Ali Port heading from an Asian country to another country, a senior official said on Wednesday.[/FONT]
[FONT="]After being tipped off about the contraband, customs officials initiated investigation and collected intelligence information. A container with 73 plastic barrels was brought to land from the vessel and photographed. [/FONT]
[FONT="]“In contrast to the cargo bill which stated it contained plastic and glass spectacles, the customs’ imaging device showed barrels filled with chemicals,” he said.[/FONT]
[FONT="]On opening the barrels, 14.6 tonnes of chemical substances were found.[/FONT]
[FONT="]The cargo was referred to the Dubai Police Forensic Laboratory for testing. The results showed that the cargo contained acetic anhydride and calcium carbonate emulsion.[/FONT]
[FONT="]“Abused in manufacturing heroin and cocaine, acetic anhydride and calcium carbonate are internationally controlled and listed in UN Agreement on Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances of 1988,” he said.[/FONT]
[FONT="]The Dubai Customs also foiled a Nigerian businesswoman’s attempt recently to smuggle 7.320kg of cocaine, the biggest haul of drugs, at Dubai International Airport this year.
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