Police Foils Attempt to Smuggle Vehicles

ABU DHABI — Abu Dhabi Police foiled an attempt to smuggle 12 pickups and salons through the Al Ghoifat border exit to a neighboring Gulf country and then ship them out with false certificates and seals.

By Adel Arafah

Published: Sun 6 Dec 2009, 10:39 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 9:26 AM

Colonel Maktoum Ali Al Sharifi, Director of Criminal Investigation of Abu Dhabi Police said, Abu Dhabi Police arrested eight persons all Arab nationals, including three drivers identified and as an infiltrator.

Colonel Al Sharifi said, “The police arrested the three truck drivers while they were trying to tow the cars through the Al Ghoifat border exit.”

He said the data on the original certificates of the cars and the certificates which were handed over to the Customs Service point, were contradictory.

Colonel Al Sharifi said, among these cars 10 sedans belonging to a car rental firm in Sharjah were sold by its local owner recently, to the ninth suspect who is also of Arab nationality. The infiltrator suspect was the mediator in the deal.

Colonel Al Sharifi said one of the accused admitted during interrogation that the purpose of ‘buying’ the cars from the rental agency was to smuggle the cars out and sell them sequentially outside the UAE.

Another defendant admitted that one of the suspects brought Dh330,000 and paid Dh100,000 as cash to the rental owner. He added that the suspect issued a cheque of the rest of the amount to be realised by next year.

One of the defendants admitted to having the number plates of three cars .

The three drivers denied any connection with the crime.


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