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Detectives from the Drugs Control General Department seized almost 4 million ‘Captagon’ drug pills in a sting operation on April 3. (Inset): Major General Abdulhameed Al-Awadi and Major General Saleh Al-Ghannam supervising the operation
Part of global gang, says Syrian; Pakistani driver paid KD 10,000 for trip Almost 4m drug pills worth KD 12 mn in market seized

KUWAIT CITY, April 3: A Syrian expatriate was arrested for smuggling almost 4 million narcotic pills worth KD 12 million into the country through Shuwaikh Port. In a press release, Assistant Undersecretary for Criminal Security Affairs at Ministry of Interior Major General Abdulhameed Al-Awadi said the Directorate General for Drug Control (DGDC) had received information about the suspicious activities of the Syrian expatriate and a team was formed to observe him for two months. He explained that the drugs were hidden under the covering of iron boards in Lebanon and shipped to Kuwait.

The cargo was addressed to the Syrian national, who had rented a livestock pen in Kabad area for one week to store the drugs.

Major General Al-Awadi revealed that a Pakistani driver of a heavy vehicle transported the drugs from Shuwaikh Port to the livestock pen for which the suspect paid him KD 10,000.

After taking necessary legal procedures, the team of officers from DGDC raided the livestock pen, confiscated the iron boards and arrested the Syrian expatriate. They retrieved four million narcotic pills stored in packs under the cloth covers of the iron boards.

During interrogations, the suspect confessed that he is a member of an international drug smuggling mafia, adding that his role was to prepare the official documents for receiving the cargo, custom clearance and safekeeping of the drugs. He also revealed that each pack of narcotic pills would be sold for KD 600. Major General Al-Awadi said the sting operation was carried out based on instructions and directives from the Undersecretary of Ministry of Interior Lt General Sulaiman Al-Fahad, Director of DGDC Brigadier Saleh Al- Ghannam and himself.

Meanwhile, undersecretary of Ministry of Interior Lt General Sulaiman Al-Fahad has expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the officers of Directorate General for Drug Control (DGDC) for the efforts they exert daily to foil the attempts of drug smugglers in order to protect the nation and the society. According to a press release, Lt General Al-Fahad revealed that the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Mohammad Al- Khalid shows huge interest in eliminating this phenomenon that target the youths of the country. Meanwhile, the Director General of DGDC Brigadier Saleh Al-Ghannam said DGDC follows the directives and instructions issued by the Minister of Interior Sheikh Mohammad Al- Khalid, Undersecretary Lt General Sulaiman Al-Fahad and Assistant Undersecretary for Criminal Affairs Major General Abdulhameed Al- Awadi in controlling this phenomenon.

He added that the DGDC officers are vigilant about preventing anyone who dares to smuggle drugs and alcohol into the country. Brigadier Al-Ghannam affirmed that the DGDC officers will relentlessly continue their duties in pursuing drug peddlers as well as those who consume drugs and alcohol relentlessly

Couple held with drugs: A Kuwaiti couple was arrested on Arabian Gulf Street for possessing drugs and sharp objects. According to security sources, Hawally securitymen set up a security checkpoint on Arabian Gulf Street. During the campaign, they noticed a couple stepping out of a vehicle and running away. They arrested them and checked their Civil IDs to discover they are Kuwaiti citizens. Securitymen checked the vehicle and found drugs, a small bottle of imported liquor and sharp objects. They tried to resist while being arrested but securitymen managed to control them.

They were referred to Maidan Hawally Police Station where paramedics were summoned to treat the suspects, as they had sustained minor injuries while trying to escape. After the suspects received treatment, they were referred with the items to the Directorate General for Drug Control for necessary legal action against them. Meanwhile, two Kuwaiti citizens were arrested in Jabriya area in possession of ‘Shabu’ drugs, heroin and ‘Tremadol’ pills. Sources revealed that Hawally securitymen were patrolling Jabriya area at night when they suspected a vehicle with two occupants and stopped it for checking. After discovering that they are Kuwaiti citizens, securitymen checked the vehicle and found the drugs.

Both suspects were referred with the drugs to the concerned authorities for necessary legal action against them.

‘Farawla’ seized: An Egyptian expatriate was arrested at Kuwait International Airport for attempting to smuggle 100 pills of ‘Farawla’ drug into the country, reports Al-Seyassah daily. According to security sources, customs officers suspected the Egyptian expatriate who arrived from Cairo, and checked his luggage to find the narcotic pills.

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