As many as 59kg of the illegal drug marijuana, have been seized in five different cases by the General Authority of Customs (GAC) at the Hamad International Airport, it was announced on Monday.
The customs officers at Hamad international Airport doubted the conduct of the passengers concerned and decided to conduct a full search of their bags, leading to the discovery of marijuana packets ranging from 3-7kg, all wrapped in carbon paper.
The GAC chairman Ahmad bin Ali al-Muhannadi honoured five customs officials who made the seizures, for their alertness while on duty. He also honored another customs officer at the land customs department for his efforts at work.
Al- Muhannadi highly appreciated the efforts of GAC officers in protecting the country against the harmful consequences of illicit drugs.
Ajab Mansur al-Qahtani, director of the Airport Customs Department, explained that out of the 59kg of seized marijuana, the haul of 30kg took place a few weeks after the seizure of a 29kg consignment at HIA. "The indication is that this period has seen some active smuggling efforts. So, there should be more efforts from the GAC officers to foil any future attempts to smuggle drugs into the country," he added.
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