Po­lice say drug is top pri­or­ity

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The smug­gling of cap­tagon has be­come a “big prob­lem” for law en­force­ment agen­cies across the Mid­dle East, Dubai Po­lice have said.

The rise of the am­phet­a­mine will be among the key is­sues to be de­bated at the He­maya In­ter­na­tional Fo­rum on Drug Is­sues in Dubai next week.

Colonel Dr Ibrahim Al Dbel, Di­rec­tor of In­ter­na­tional Train­ing Ser­vice Depart­ment at Dubai Po­lice, said there has been a rise in de­mand and at­tempts to smug­gle the drug in the re­gion and abroad.

He said: “It’s a big prob­lem.

“We were alerted about 451 new drugs be­tween 2009 and 2014 that con­tained cap­tagon.

“The global mar­ket of such drugs has risen re­cently and it’s a chal­lenge for law en­force­ment across the world.”

The an­nual event, run­ning from Septem­ber 26-29, is or­gan­ised by Dubai Po­lice By Ali Al Shouk and United Na­tions Of­fice on Drugs and Crime (UNOC).

Al Dbel said the fo­rum hopes to lead to a greater un­der­stand­ing of the routes and mar­ket for the drug.

The drug is wide­spread in Syria and is re­port­edly used by many ISIS fight­ers. He said: “We don’t have all of the data about such drugs and their ad­dic­tion rates.

“We will fo­cus this year on cap­tagon and find ways now to crack down on this prob­lem.” Among the largest sei - zures in the UAE was in No v e m b e r 2014 when Dubai Po­lice ar­rested three Syr­ian men with a 17.8 mil­lion pill haul.

The pills were smug­gled in­side machines that were to be used to com­press wood in ware­houses in Jebel Ali and Aj­man.

HAUL: One of the largest seizures was in Jebel Ali Port

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