Cus­toms foils bid to smug­gle 5,500 bot­tles of for­eign liquor

‘Num­ber plates of 6,000 cars block­ing traf­fic with­drawn’

Arab Times - - LOCAL -

Act­ing As­sis­tant Un­der­sec­re­tary for Traf­fic Af­fairs Ma­jor Gen­eral Fa­had Al-Shuwai re­vealed the with­drawal of ap­prox­i­mately 6,000 num­ber plates of cars found block­ing roads since the ac­ti­va­tion of the rel­e­vant law, re­ports Al-Seyas­sah daily.

He af­firmed that the coun­try is in dire need for con­struc­tion of more roads, which is part of the state pol­icy and plans of Min­istry of In­te­rior, rep­re­sented by Gen­eral Traf­fic Depart­ment, to curb traf­fic jams.

As an ex­am­ple, Ma­jor Gen­eral Al-Shuwai said the dis­tance which used to take one hour and 15 min­utes to cover on Ja­mal Ab­dul Nasser Road and Jahra Road now takes only 15 min­utes, in­di­cat­ing that the con­struc­tion of roads plays a big role in solv­ing the traf­fic crises.

He said the Gen­eral Traf­fic Depart­ment in­stalled 45 new black cam­eras, six of which have been ac­ti­vated. The new cam­eras record vi­o­la­tions re­lated to ex­ceed­ing speed lim­its in both di­rec­tions and driv­ing on the shoul­der lanes of roads dur­ing unau­tho­rized hours among oth­ers. It also takes pic­tures of trucks that do not com­ply with the speed limit and drives dur­ing unau­tho­rized hours.

Ma­jor Gen­eral Al-Shuwai af­firmed that the Gen­eral Traf­fic Depart­ment will co­or­di­nate with the con­cerned com­pany re­gard­ing the oper­a­tion of these cam­eras and for adding new vi­o­la­tions that they can cover.

He ex­plained that the depart­ment has a num­ber of re­quire­ments. It re­quested the Road En­gi­neer­ing Sec­tor and the con­cerned com­pany to close a traf­fic sig­nal in Rig­gae area as soon as the re­quire­ments are met. The depart­ment prefers the re­quired oper­a­tions to be ex­e­cuted dur­ing sum­mer hol­i­days when the traf­fic flow is less.

Ma­jor Gen­eral Al-Shuwai in­di­cated that the ex­per­i­men­tal shutdown last year dur­ing school days had re­sulted in neg­a­tive con­se­quences.

Liquor cache seized:

The Drugs Con­trol Gen­eral Depart­ment (DCGD), in co­or­di­na­tion with Gen­eral Cus­toms Depart­ment, foiled the at­tempt of an Arab na­tional to smug­gle 5,500 bot­tles of for­eign liquor in a con­tainer at Shuaiba Port, re­ports Al-Seyas­sah daily.

In a press state­ment, the Gen­eral Depart­ment of Public Re­la­tions and Me­dia Se­cu­rity at Min­istry of In­te­rior

ex­plained that the DCGD, af­ter re­ceiv­ing a tip-off about the Arab na­tional who smug­gles liquor through a trad­ing com­pany, formed a team to con­duct in­ves­ti­ga­tions and gather in­for­ma­tion and ev­i­dence be­fore the con­tra­band left Shuaiba Port.

Af­ter tak­ing the nec­es­sary le­gal mea­sures, the sus­pect was ap­pre­hended. When the con­tainer was searched, a large quan­tity of for­eign liquor bot­tles with mar­ket value worth more than KD 300,000 was dis­cov­ered in­side the con­tainer.

The sus­pect con­fessed dur­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tions that he im­ports liquor from an Asian coun­try and smug­gles them into the coun­try for sale.

The sus­pect and the con­tra­band were re­ferred to con­cerned au­thor­i­ties for nec­es­sary le­gal ac­tion.

Drug ped­dlers nabbed:

Se­cu­ri­ty­men ar­rested four Arabs for traf­fick­ing in drugs.

In a press state­ment, the Public Re­la­tions and Se­cu­rity Me­dia Depart­ment in the In­te­rior Min­istry dis­closed the ar­rest hap­pened af­ter the se­cu­ri­ty­men re­ceived in­for­ma­tion about an Arab sell­ing drugs. They put the sus­pect un­der sur­veil­lance to ver­ify the in­for­ma­tion.

Af­ter ob­serv­ing the sus­pect for some time, the of­fi­cers ar­ranged an en­trap­ment dur­ing which a se­cret agent pre­tended to be a buyer who con­tacted the sus­pect and or­dered drugs. They agreed to meet in Amghara to de­liver the or­der, lead­ing to the dis­cov­ery of three grams of shabu in the sus­pect’s pos­ses­sion.

Ini­tial in­ter­ro­ga­tions re­sulted in the con­fes­sion of the sus­pect who guided the of­fi­cers to his sup­plier — an­other Arab — who was ar­rested with one gram of shabu.

Fur­ther in­ter­ro­ga­tion led to an­other sus­pect, also an Arab, who sup­plies the sec­ond sus­pect with drugs. He was ar­rested in Amghara with 30 grams of shabu in his pos­ses­sion.

The third sus­pect in­formed in­ves­ti­ga­tors that he got drugs from an­other Arab who was ar­rested in his apartment in Far­waniya where the of­fi­cers found 170 grams of shabu, 100 Tra­madol pills, weigh­ing scale and an undis­closed quan­tity of small plas­tic pack­ets.

‘No truth in re­port’:

The In­te­rior Min­istry has de­nied re­ports that a Bangladeshi im­per­son­ated a Kuwaiti doc­tor who had mi­grated to Swe­den nearly 30 years ago, re­ports Al-Seyas­sah daily.

The Min­istry said in a state­ment those claims are false. The daily added, when the po­lice sum­moned the at­tor­ney Hani Hus­sein, who opened the can of worms, for in­ter­ro­ga­tion he failed to pro­vide any con­crete ev­i­dence to sup­port his claims. How­ever, the in­ves­ti­ga­tions are on­go­ing.

On the other hand the Al-Jarida daily quot­ing the Min­is­ter of Health Ja­mal Al-Harbi said the names of 60,000 em­ploy­ees were checked and the name of the fake doc­tor men­tioned by lawyer Hus­sein in a tweet has not been found. Al-Harbi stressed the Min­istry of Health is wait­ing for the Min­istry of In­te­rior to is­sue a state­ment on this is­sue.

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