Bid to smuggle in SR13m foiled

Customs inspectors have foiled an African man’s alleged attempt to smuggle about 13 million Saudi riyals (SR) through a UAE land port.

An official source at the Abu Dhabi General Administration of Customs said a huge amount of money was found during the routine inspection of one of the vehicles coming into the UAE from Al Ghuwaifat border checkpost in the Western Region.

The smuggling attempt was led by a 39-year-old man of African origin in addition to another person of the same nationality. The smuggled money, which amounted to about SR13 million, was hidden in the back door cavities and rear seats of the car. After the inspection, a report was issued on the incident to the authorities concerned take legal action.

Hamad Mohamed Al Hurr Al Suwaidi, Chairman of the Department of Finance (DoF), Abu Dhabi, praised the high level of efficiency of Abu Dhabi Customs’ officers and inspectors in controlling smuggling operations.

In September, the Central Bank raised the minimum amount travellers are able to take in and out of the UAE to Dh100,000 in cash or equivalent.

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