Dubai Customs intercepts 234kg drug smuggling in ‘Operation Wheelhouse’

Dubai Customs successfully thwarted a drug smuggling attempt, seizing 234.68 kilograms of narcotics, specifically hashish, in a wooden ship at the Dubai Creek and Deira Wharfage Customs Centre. The operation, named ‘Wheelhouse,’ utilized the ‘Siyaj’ task force and advanced Periscope technology for meticulous inspection of confined spaces, leading to the discovery of the illicit substances cleverly concealed within the ship’s wheelhouse.

The ‘Siyaj’ initiative employs modern technologies such as artificial intelligence, drones, canines, and electric vehicles to proactively detect and prevent the infiltration of prohibited materials, reinforcing Dubai’s position in international trade and ensuring border security. Dubai Customs plays a crucial role in combating drug-related risks and health hazards, contributing to national security efforts and safeguarding the community.

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, chairman and CEO of DP World Group, and chairman of Ports, Customs, and Free Zone Corporation, highlighted Dubai’s leadership role in combating drug-related risks and health hazards. He emphasized the pivotal role played by Dubai Customs in national security efforts, safeguarding the community from major threats like drug smuggling.

Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, director-general of Dubai Customs, CEO of Ports, Customs, and Free Zone Corporation, underscored the priority of protecting society from hazardous and smuggled substances, while facilitating legitimate trade activities.

Rashed Alsuwaidi, acting director of Maritime Customs Centers, highlighted the role of unique devices, such as the rapid container inspection device and the world’s first X-ray scanning device for heavy and light vehicles, in detecting substances, further enhancing the capabilities of Customs officials.

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