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Qatar customs foils attempt to smuggle shabo hidden inside box of clothing

  • Sep 20, 2021
  • Author: QT-Online
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Customs official strips layer off carton box, finds half a kilogram of shabo

Tribune News Network

Qatar Customs has foiled yet another attempt smuggle a drug known as "shabo", a slang term for methamphetamine used in Japan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia.
The postal consignment division of the Air cargo and Private Airports Department seized 581 g of shabo hidden inside a personal clothing shipment.
A video released by the General Authority of Customs showed an official recovering the contraband by stripping a layer off a carton box containing clothing.
This is the latest in a string of smuggling attempts that have been thwarted by customs authorities in Qatar. 
Recently, around 81 kilograms of hashish has been seized from a shipment of vegetables at the Al Ruwais Port by the marine customs wing. The drug was stashed inside wooden pallets of boxes containing vegetables.
The customs authorities had twice foiled similar attempt to smuggle hashish into Qatar through the same port in the recent past. While nearly a kilogram of hashish was recovered from the chassis of a truck, around 76 kilograms was recovered from a diesel tank.
Meanwhile, the air cargo and private airports customs wing siezed 1 kilogram of shabo, hidden inside an auto part being brought to Qatar. This bust came a few weeks after the same wing seized 569 grams of “shabo” stashed inside a "bag of papers".