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Attempt to smuggle 600 Lyrica pills into Qatar through HIA foiled

  • Jun 17, 2021
  • Author: QT-Online
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Customs at the Hamad International Airport has foiled an attempt to smuggle around 600 Lyrica pills into Qatar, the General Authority of Customs said in a tweet on Thursday. The contraband was seized from the baggage of a passenger coming from an Asian country. 

Lyrica, also known by its generic name Pregabalin, is an anticonvulsant used to treat seizures and provide pain relief for people with fibromyalgia, diabetes, spinal cord injuries, or herpes zoster. While Lyrica can be beneficial to those who need it, others are at risk for developing a Lyrica addiction.
The same customs wing recently had also seized 5 tonnes of tobacco hidden in shipments of foodstuff such as cornflakes.
The bust is the latest in a string of smuggling attempts that have been thwarted by customs authorities in Qatar. 
The Maritime Customs authority recently has foiled an attempt to smuggle around 570 kilos of prohibitted tobacco. The contraband was hidden in a cargo of electrical cables, it added. The bust is the latest in a string of smuggling attempts that have been thwarted by customs authorities in Qatar. 
The Maritime Customs authority also foiled an attempt to smuggle cannabis into Qatar through the Ruwais Port, thanks to the Ministry of Interior's Police Canine Section.
Trained dogs sniffed out 4.2 kilos of cannabis hidden inside the engine bay of a refrigerated truck, carrying a shipment of vegetables.
Similarly, the Air Cargo Customs Administration and Private Airports Customs Department in Qatar foiled an attempt to smuggle banned pills inside food cans being brought into the country.