Customs foils bid to smuggle 5,500 bottles of foreign liquor
‘Number plates of 6,000 cars blocking traffic withdrawn’
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.