500,000 Captagon tablets seized in Dubai

August 7th, 2012 - 12:20 am ICT by IANS  

Dubai, Aug 6 (IANS/WAM) Dubai Customs has intercepted a massive shipment of 500,000 Captagon tablets, a synthetic amphetamine-type stimulant, at the Jebel Ali port.

The Fenethylline drug pills were found in a shipping container, and were hidden inside 77 rolls of fabric, a Dubai-based English language daily 7 Days reported.

A customs spokesman said officers became suspicious because some of the rolls of fabric seemed of higher density than others.

Inspectors brought in dogs trained to sniff out drugs, and found the 500,000 pills.

The container had come from an Arab country and was on its way to an unnamed neighbouring country of the UAE.

Fenethylline, most commonly known by its Captagon trademark, is one of the most popular drugs in the Middle East, according to the UN.

Dubai Customs also said that during the second quarter of 2012, it has intercepted 91 million Tramadol tablets at the Jebel Ali port.


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