Fam­ily gives aid

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Abu Dhabi Cus­toms of­fi­cers have seized thou­sands of il­licit items from smug­glers in the first quar­ter of this year, in­clud­ing drugs and to­bacco. De­tails of the haul and the smug­gling of il­le­gal im­mi­grants have been re­vealed in a De­part­ment of Fi­nance re­port. Be­tween Jan­uary to March 2016, 4,271 smug­gling at­tempts were foiled at air, land and sea bor­der con­trols. Cus­toms in­spec­tors also stopped 15 il­le­gal im­mi­grants from en­ter­ing Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi Cus­toms also foiled 175 drug smug­gling at­tempts and seized 8.12kg of banned drugs and 2.13 mil­lion nar­cotic pills. Most of the drugs in­clud­ing cap­tagon pills were found at Abu Dhabi air­port. Seized nar­cotics in­cluded 1.634kg of poppy seeds from an Asian coun­try hid­den in a candy box in the lug­gage of a 26-yearold pas­sen­ger, while 1.05kg of pro­hib­ited sub­stances were found wrapped in plas­tic bags around the legs of a 24-year-old pas­sen­ger. Also among those caught was a 27-year-old Arab man, who was also stopped at the Saudi bor­der with 569 cap­tagon pills found hid­den in his ve­hi­cle. Emi­rates Red Cres­cent (ERC) has re­ceived a do­na­tion of Dhs500,000 from Suhail bin Mar­zouq Al Ameri and his brothers, to sup­port the foun­da­tion’s hu­man­i­tar­ian pro­grammes. This came dur­ing the visit of an ERC del­e­ga­tion, led by Salim Al Rees Al Ameri, Act­ing Deputy Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral for Fundrais­ing and Mar­ket­ing, to Al Ameri’s res­i­dence in Al Ain. Al Ameri ex­pressed his ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the grow­ing role of the ERC in the hu­man­i­tar­ian field lo­cally, re­gion­ally and glob­ally.

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