FCA - UAE,Federal Customs Authority -United Arab Emirates
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The Federal Customs Authority, in cooperation with the Sharjah Ports and Customs Department and the Early Inquiry Center of the General Authority for the Security of Ports, Borders and Free Zones, succeeded in seizing a traveler holding the nationality of an African country coming from another African country while trying to smuggle a quantity of rough diamonds in his bowels.
In a press release, the Federal Customs Authority said that several days ago it has received a report from the Early Information Center of the General Authority for the Security of Ports, Borders and Free Zones, stating that an African traveler working on mobile phones is attempting to smuggle a quantity of rough diamonds in his gutswhile coming from an African country to the UAE through Sharjah International Airport.Immediately, the Sharjah Seaports and Customs Department was coordinated with and necessary actions was taken.Immediately upon arrival of the passenger on a flight coming from an African country to the passports area at Sharjah Airport, his passport was kept and transferred to the Sharjah customs which inspected him as well as the bags in his possession.
In its statement, the authority added that after the traveler was presented to the viscera screening device by Sharjah Customs, it was revealed that he had hidden 3 plastic pieces in his guts containing about 297 grams of rough diamonds, valued at approximately $ 90,000. He was investigated, the seized diamonds wasconfiscated and he was referred to the competent authorities in the country to take the necessary actions.
The authority indicated that the accused stated in the investigations that he came to the UAE through the airports of one of the Emirates several times earlier without practicing smuggling or getting involved in them, and he had purchased the rough diamonds caught with him from the black market in one of the African countries through two partners in that country, explaining that he planned to search for potential buyers in the UAE for the smuggled diamonds without specifying specific people.
On this occasion, His Excellency Ali Saeed Matar Alneyadi, Commissioner of Customs, Chairman of the Federal Customs Authority, stressed the vigilance of customs officials in the UAE and their keenness to protect society from negative practices and that they are an impenetrable fortress against any person thinking to exploit the country to achieve rapid gain in illegal ways or by violation of International laws and threatening the country's reputation and standing in the area of combating smuggling, fraud and counterfeiting.
His Excellency praised the level of security and customs coordination and cooperation between the Federal Customs Authority and the competent authorities in the country, noting that the high level of coordination in this field contributes to supporting the stability and security system in the country, enhances the attractiveness of the business environment in the country and maintains its reputation and standing in the international markets and circles.
His Excellency thanked the Early Inquiry Center of the General Authority for the Security of Ports, Borders and Free Zones and the Department of Maritime Ports and Customs in the Emirate of Sharjah for their constructive cooperation and their sincere efforts in combating smuggling and maintaining community security through the application of an advanced and effective security and customs system.