KUWAIT CITY, July 13: The Director-General of the General Administration of Customs, Counselor Jamal Al-Jalawi, Thursday evening visited the customs warehouse in the Shuwaikh Port where an inventory of the contents of the 40-foot container was being carried out, reports Al-Rai daily.
According to sources, the container arrived at the port carrying a cargo of about 10 million narcotic pills which are classified as forbidden mental effects although the bill of lading showed the contents of the container are electrical and medical tools and electric fans.
The container was seized when the alleged importer failed in his bid to re-export the contents after failing to get the clearance but the sense of professionalism of the customs officers led to the discovery of the drugs thus thwarting the attempts to pump in this large quantity of drugs into the country.
“This seizure confirms the vigilance of Kuwaiti customs officials and that they are responsible for protecting the security and safety of the homeland, especially since the importer of this shipment tried to pass it into the country,” said Jalawi.
On the other hand, the Deputy Director-General for the Customs, Sheikh Faisal Al-Abdullah, who followed all the stages, related to the case, warned all those who are trying to smuggle banned materials, whatever their quality, stressing that the customs officers are always keeping a vigil on those who are weak and prone to accept bribe. Director of the Northern Ports Customs Department, Saleh Al- Harbi has praised the vigilant customs officers working at the Shuwaikh customs who they said are keen to perform their duty with all sincerity and honesty.