Dubai Customs have seized Dhs3 million worth of luxury watches and jewellery after a passenger tried to smuggle the items out of Dubai International Airport.
The Eastern European traveller, who flew into Dubai International Terminal 3 from an East Asian country, raised suspicion as he passed through security and was stopped by an officer for further inspection.
Upon being searched, it was found that the man was carrying 76 luxury watches and six items of diamond jewellery. The value of all these goods was estimated at around Dhs3,016,000 in total, said Ibrahim Kamali, director of passenger operations at Dubai Customs reports Khaleej Times.
“The haul of fancy jewellery and watches were strapped around his body under his clothes,” he said.
Kamali pointed out that the man made Passenger Operations Department inspectors suspicious, and was closely monitored until he arrived at the customs zone.
“He was then x-rayed with a full-body scanner only to find smuggled jewellery and watches skilfully concealed under his dress.”
The items were seized by customs and the suspect was referred to the authorities.
“The suspect was bidding to illegally import the precious items into the country while evading payment of customs duty. But the method he used proved to be a failure in front of the intact inspection and security system of Dubai Customs,” Kamali added.
“The seizure is a case of smuggling and duty evasion which our inspectors are always vigilant and adept to abort so as to protect customs revenues and Dubai’s economy. Some people believe this technique of smuggling dutiable, must-be-declared goods in commercial quantities inside their clothes to avoid paying customs fees. But Dubai airports are equipped with highly developed scanning technology that detect any objects in people’s bodies,” he said.
Dubai is hardly the place you'd want to attempt to do anything illegal, remember that!