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UAE seizes 25 million Captagon pills in series of drug smuggling busts

Ismail Sebugwaawo /Abu Dhabi Filed on June 29, 2020
drug smuggling, police, UAE, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ministry of Interior

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This has been the one of the biggest drug hauls in the country this year.

UAE authorities have foiled a series of attempts to smuggle 25 million Captagon pills worth Dh1.3 billion into the country during the first quarter of the year, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) has revealed.

This has been the one of the biggest drug hauls in the country this year, and all criminals involved in the drug smuggling circle have been arrested, said Brig Saeed Abdullah Tuwair Al Suwaidi, director-general of the federal anti-narcotics department at the Ministry of Interior and deputy chairman of the Anti-Narcotics Council.

Brig Al Suwaidi said the special operation conducted in the first months of 2020 helped cops seize four tonnes of Captagon pills. 

"The ministry has continued to succeed in achieving its targets in accordance with the national drug control strategy," he added. 

It has also been working with regional and international entities to combat drug smuggling. More than 12,000kg of drugs have already been seized through these international operations, Brig Al Suwaidi said. Last year, 117 cross-border drug operations were conducted in cooperation with 28 countries. 

Week-long drug awareness campaign

Some 39,300 people have participated in the week-long drug awareness campaign organised by the Ministry of Education in cooperation with the MoI. 

Aiming to raise awareness about the dangers of using drugs, virtual workshops explored topics like what narcotic drugs are, the risk factors associated with drug use, the responsibility of schools in keeping kids away from drugs, and the basics of early intervention. 

The sessions also highlighted the vital role that families play in protecting children.



Ismail Sebugwaawo

A professional journalist originating from Kampala, Uganda, Ismail is a happy father with strong attachment to family and great values for humanity. He has practiced journalism in UAE for the past 13 years, covering the country's parliament (FNC) and crimes, including Abu Dhabi Police, public prosecution and courts. He also reports about important issues in education, public health and the environment, with a keen interest in human interest stories. When out of reporting duties, he serves the Ugandan community in Abu Dhabi as he wants to see his countrymen happy. Exercising and reading are part of his free time.

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