Written By: Fares Anam
Article Date: Sep 20, 2012 - 2:23:50 PM
The Customs administration in cooperation with Police at Sana›a International Airport foiled 18 attempts to smuggle 316 different artifacts, weapons, counterfeit currency, Qat, drugs and medicines to and from Yemen during the first half of this year.
General Manager of Customs, Abul-Karim Ras›e, said that seizures included 18 cases of old antiques, two statues, Quran script, a head crown, old stones and rare artifacts weighing 307 kilograms and silver.
"There are also 139 cases of Qat smuggling out of Yemen, and 128 cases of gun and ammunition smuggling. As well as the smuggling of knives and devices with cameras, and wireless devices," he said.
Police also have been able to foil attempts of trafficking various types of drug and aphrodisiacs, and two attempts to smuggle different drugs have been foiled as well as the entry of counterfeit currency from Arab and foreign countries to Yemen. Ras›e pointed out that the smuggling attempts were detected in the departure and arrival hall at the airport, where they were hiding in different ways such as placing guns in shoes and a camera among pens, glasses, electrical chargers and watches.
"The most effective hiding places for drugs and heroin are in clothing buttons and in the smuggler’s bowels," he said.
Ras'e praised the integrative role of the General Department of Passengers Customs with relevant departments at the Sana›a International Airport and the keenness of the General Authority for Civil Aviation and Meteorology in providing necessary equipment for inspection.
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