Dubai Customs foils bid to smuggle 4.2 million Tramadol pills

Dubai: Dubai Customs has successfully foiled an attempt by a food and beverages company to smuggle about 52 million drug tablets of restricted use including 4.2 million tablets of Tramadol drug being prohibited by virtue of the Cabinet`s decision No. 15/2011.

Saeed Ahmed Al Tayer, Senior Director of Sea Cargo Operations, Jebel Ali explained that the seizure took place at Jebel Ali Port and the tablets were found in a container coming from an Asian country.

“This is the second largest prohibited drug smuggling attempt foiled by Customs inspectors this year. It reflects the traffickers’ determination to infiltrate prohibited substances endangering human health without any moral or religious restraint, seeking quick gains,” he added.

The seizure took place after the container arrived in Jebel Ali Port as Dubai Customs received a tip off about the existence of Tramadol tablets in the cargo.

“The container was referred to inspection and passed through container X-Ray Scanner system and when the company’s representative was confronted and questioned about the container contents, he stated that it contains “body building food supplements,” Al Tayer maintained.

Dubai Customs inspectors` experience, vigilance and high security alert, however, incited them to inspect the container and check its content.

The container was then found to be containing 47.7 million drug tablets of restricted use.

“As Tramadol is a prohibited narcotic substance in the country, the seized goods were detained and the company`s representative was referred to the Anti-Drugs Department at Dubai Police General Headquarters for further investigation,” the Senior Director of Sea Cargo Operations, Jebel Ali added.

“A permission from the Ministry of Health must be obtained for restricted drugs, but the company, which carries a license for trading food stuff and beverages only, failed to obtain such permission,” he pointed out.