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Lax Customs check cause of drugs spread in Kuwait

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 10: Only eight days after a cautious circular about parcels from six countries was issued, a seven kilos package containing Captagon pills was sent from one of the countries and it was passed through the Customs without being searched, reports Al-Qabas daily.

The incident prompted Customs officials to issue directives to tighten inspection of packages coming from Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, China, Iran and Thailand.

According to the daily, the low level of inspection of the air cargo allowed the entry of banned goods into the country, which was later seized in cooperation with personnel from the General Department of Drugs Control, Research and Investigation.

The sources said the Captagon shipment was seized which came packed inside candy boxes in the name of a company. The packets were not inspected and were tightly sealed.

On a related note, the Minister of Finance Dr Nayef Al-Hajraf said he intended to take measures “parallel to the size of the imbalances in the Customs. He held a meeting with a number of senior Customs officers and conducted intensive meetings in this regard. The minister’s moves come in light of what the daily had revealed last Sunday about security warnings concerning Customs laxity and the involvement of employees in a number of cases.

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