UAE seizes Iranian ship smuggling drugs and people


Abu Dhabi: An Iranian ship smuggling in drugs and two people has been seized by the UAE’s Ministry of Interior.

The operation was carried out by a joint team from the Federal Anti-Narcotics department and Sharjah’s Anti-Narcotics department, in cooperation with specialised bodies.

The ship’s captain was attempting to smuggle in drugs and two people through Khalid port in Sharjah.

Colonel Saeed Al Suwaidi, director of the anti-narcotics department at the ministry, said 11.5kgs of hashish and 142,725 narcotic pills were hidden on the ship.

He added that 10 people on board the ship have been arrested, two of which were hidden in the ships’ ballast tank with the intention of smuggling them into the country.

Both of the men were suffering from fatigue and exhaustion due to a lack of oxygen and rising temperature.

Al Suwaidi stressed the ministry’s keenness to protect the nation and its citizens from the scourge of narcotics. He also emphasised the ministry’s keenness to enhance cooperation and collaboration between relevant bodies to foil all criminal activities.


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