UAE and Pakistani anti-narcotics units foil attempt to smuggle 16 kg of heroin into UAE

Abu Dhabi: UAE and Pakistani anti-narcotics units have busted an eight member gang for attempting to smuggle 16 kilograms of heroin into the UAE.

Lt. General Saif Al Shafaar, UAE Ministry of Interior Undersecretary, hailed the constructive cooperation the Pakistani Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) and Special Investigation Services (SIS) had accorded to the anti-narcotics liaison office at the UAE Embassy in Pakistan.

Speaking about the operation codenamed ”Thanks Pakistan”, Colonel Saeed Al Suwaidi, Director General of Anti-narcotics Department, MoI, said the anti-narcotics liaison office at the UAE Embassy in Pakistan had received a tip-off from reliable sources that a group of Pakistanis were planning to traffic the drug into the UAE.

The smugglers, he added, had made five consecutive attempts, four through Pakistani airports and one through Dubai International Airport, to smuggle the drug but all were aborted thanks to the close concerted coordination and cooperation between competent authorities in the two friendly countries. He said all the eight members of the gang were arrested.

He added that 15 kg of the total haul were seized in Pakistani airports.

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