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UAE seizes Iranian ship smuggling people and drugs

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A joint team from the Anti-Narcotics Federal Directorate General and the Anti-Narcotics Department at Sharjah Police, in coordination with the concerned authorities, succeeded in seizing an Iranian ship of which the captain attempted to smuggle a large quantity of narcotics, as well as two Iranian nationals through Khalid Port in Sharjah.

Colonel Saeed Al Suwaidi, Director General of the Anti-Narcotics Federal Directorate General at the Ministry of Interior (MoI) stated that the readiness and efforts of the Anti-Narcotic staff, in addition to the cooperation and coordination with the concerned bodies resulted in seizing 11.5 Kg of hashish and 142,725 narcotic pills, which were hidden in secret compartments. The operation also resulted in capturing 10 persons on the ship, including two who were hiding in the balance tank on the ship with the aim to be smuggled into the UAE. The two people were suffering from exhaustion due to lack of oxygen and high temperatures.

Al Suwaidi stressed the keenness of the MoI to protect the UAE and its citizens from the scourge of narcotics, as well as promoting the cohesion and cooperation between all concerned authorities. This comes with the aim to strike and foil all the criminal plans, plotting to harm the UAE and its gains and citizens.

He called upon the citizens and resident in the UAE to cooperate with the Anti-Narcotics Federal Directorate General and report drug dealers through “Mukafih” phone service by calling the number 80044, or sending a text to 2244. He also urged parents to utilize the service provided by “Mukafih” including electronic awareness messages on the harms of narcotics, early detection of drug abuse within the family, and providing help for addiction rehabilitation.

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