Sharjah: Three smugglers were arrested at Sharjah International Airport for attempting to smuggle in 30kg of hashish and 10gram of marijuana concealed in shipments of food items.
Lieutenant Colonel Majid Al Assam, head of the anti-narcotic department at Sharjah Police, said the Asian suspects were nabbed by customs officers at the airport on their arrival to the country. The accused were coming from an Asian country with the drug substances.
The arrest was made when airport authorities and inspectors at cargo village at the airport suspected a number of small shipments. Upon inspecting them, they found the drugs concealed in bags.
The head of the gang used the three men to smuggle the drugs into the country using fraudulent methods to escape inspectors.
Police said the head of the gang sent drug substances with people whose appearance and behaviour projected an image of innocence, but the experienced eye of drug enforcement agents foiled their attempts.
The suspects have confessed to their crime and referred to public prosecution for further action.
Lt Col Al Assam said cooperation between the Sharjah Police and concerned authorities has foiled the smuggling of huge quantities of drugs through seaports, airports and borders.
Sharjah Police urged all community members to cooperate with the security agencies and report suspected drug cases on 8004654, or the officer on duty on 056 1188272, or the toll-free number Najeed 800 151.