Family gives aid
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.