The gold in shape of buckles and belts seized by Dubai Customs.
Rlixa, Staff Reporter
Dubai Customs thwarted the smuggling of 24-carat gold bars weighing 2.3 kilograms, with a market value of about Dhs485,700, which were with two passengers coming to the emirate through the Dubai International Airport.
The passengers tried to deceive the inspectors by distributing the ingots to several bags and melting the ingots in the form of buckles used for the bags and belts they carry.
The total weight of the bullions in the first seizure was 1,072 kilograms, valued at Dhs225,120, and the second seizure was 1,241 kilograms, valued at Dhs260,610.
â€œWith this Dubai Customs proves again that it stands firm against all the smuggling attempts relying on a team of highly qualified inspectors and very advanced technologies,â€ said Ibrahim Kamali, Director of Passenger Operations Department.
â€œThe high sense of security led the inspectors, and as part of their routine work in facilitating customs procedures and monitoring passenger movement, to suspect the passenger's bag."
The bag was x-rayed, showing density variation. After thorough examination, we discovered that all the buckles in the bag are made of pure gold and they were painted in a different color as a means of camouflage. More investigation led to thwarting the second passengerâ€™s haul.â€
Kamali noted that the department enrolls customs officers in specialised and innovative training courses in body language and identification of drug types, in addition to investing in advanced detection devices.
â€œSmuggling methods vary according to the type of smuggled material, size of the shipment and means of transport. Travellers use a variety of tricks, including hiding their contrabands in secret pockets at the bottom of large bags.
"Some smugglers try to take advantage of the quick and simple customs procedures mistakenly thinking that this would compromise with security, but they are very wrong. There is no compromise whatsoever when it comes to the security and safety of our society and borders.â€Â