Dubai Customs seized an estimated 9.6 kilograms of cocaine at Dubai International Airport’s Terminal 3 on Monday.
The government body reported that the drugs were “concealed skillfully in the inner lining of three bags” belonging to a passenger from a “foreign country.”
“Our inspection officers suspected this passenger who had three pieces of luggage with him. At the checkpoint, the passenger denied carrying any illegitimate goods, but he looked confused and his body language showed he was not telling the truth,” said the airport terminal’s acting manager, Khalifa bin Shahin.
The inspectors searched the passenger’s bags where they found the drugs. The passenger was subsequently handed over to the police, he added.
“Our priority is to safeguard our society from the perils of drugs. Despite the creative tricks some passengers use to hide prohibited materials, our highly trained inspectors and advanced systems can thwart all smuggling attempts,” the acting director said.
Dubai Airport is known for its state-of-the-art technology and effective security systems.
Dubai Customs previously seized 56 kilograms worth of illegal drugs, including 11.9 kilograms of marijuana and 9.6 kilograms of cocaine between January and March 2021.