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Qatar customs seize cannabis hidden inside sound system

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All photos courtesy of General Authority of Customs

Airport officials in Qatar have recently foiled multiple attempts to smuggle drugs into the country this month, including finding 4kg of cannabis stashed inside music speakers, the Customs Authority said.

The cannabis had been wrapped in brown plastic and was hidden inside the back of four speakers that came through air cargo at Hamad International Airport (HIA).

Inspectors also recently stopped an “Asian” passenger at the airport who raised suspicions over the package he was carrying.

Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

An investigation of the parcel revealed 6.5kg of marijuana that had been wrapped in paper and black sealant, according to a statement issued yesterday by the General Authority of Customs.

In a third incident, officials stopped a car trying to enter Qatar at the Abu Samra land border with Saudi Arabia and found 583 Captagon tablets that were in a plastic bag hidden inside the back of the car.

These seizures are the latest in a series of recent finds by Qatar authorities in a bid to stop drug smuggling into the country.

Last month, airport officials thwarted attempts to bring in a consignment of marijuana, by hiding it in sweet pastries.

And just weeks earlier, they announced they found 11kg of the same drug hidden inside bags of dried chili peppers.

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