In largest haul, Kuwait’s MoI seizes KD15m worth of liquor

Ci­ti­zen, Ira­nian ar­rested; 180,000 bot­tles con­fis­cated

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Hanan Al-Saadoun

KUWAIT: The Min­istry of In­te­rior (MoI) yes­ter­day an­nounced the big­gest-ever al­co­hol haul in the coun­try’s his­tory - seiz­ing 180,000 bot­tles of liquor worth KD 15 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to se­cu­rity sources. The Min­istry of In­te­rior Un­der­sec­re­tary Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Suleiman Al-Fa­had said in a state­ment that of­fi­cers at the Drug Con­trol Depart­ment ar­rested two sus­pects; a Kuwaiti and an Ira­nian who tried to smug­gle the largest-ever batch of al­co­hol into the coun­try. The ship­ment con­tained 15,000 car­tons con­sist­ing of 180,000 bot­tles of liquor.

Ac­cord­ing to case pa­pers, de­tec­tives had been tipped off about the sus­pi­cious move­ments of the smug­glers and that a spe­cial un­der­cover agent was as­signed to reach a deal with them under the pre­tense that he would pur­chase 70 car­tons from them. The ci­ti­zen, who had a crim­i­nal record for com­mit­ting sim­i­lar crimes in the past, was caught red-handed while de­liv­er­ing the con­tra­band. His ar­rest led the po­lice to his Ira­nian ac­com­plice and the sup­plier and even­tu­ally to his se­cret ware­house in Su­laibiya. Gen­eral Al-Fa­had lauded the drug con­trol of­fi­cers for their metic­u­lous and care­ful plan­ning in car­ry­ing out the op­er­a­tion un­der­lin­ing their ded­i­ca­tion in keep­ing the coun­try safe.

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