Massive liquor and marijuana haul by Qatar Customs

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Qatar customs officials seizes over 20,000 bottles of liquor, 17 kg marijuana and 19 tonnes of tobacco


The General Authority of Customs (GAC) seized a large quantity of prohibited items during Ramadan, including thousands of liquor bottles and several kilograms of marijuana and chewing tobacco.

Customs officers at Hamad Port and Hamad International Airport (HIA) managed to foil attempts to smuggle into the country 21,616 bottles of liquor, over 19 tonnes of chewing tobacco and 17kg of the illicit drug, marijuana, according to a press statement by the GAC. The tobacco was seized in three separate operations at Hamad Port, hidden inside consignments of wooden doors and electronics. Liquor bottles were also seized at Hamad Port within the cartons labeled as olive oil. 

Marijuana was seized at HIA in three different operations. Customs officers there detected the contraband inside the luggage and handbags of three travellers using the same method. The marijuana was hidden in their personal belongings and folded inside carbon paper.

Ahmed Abdullah Al Jamal, Chairman of Qatar Customs, honoured seven inspectors who played a crucial role in confiscating these items. He emphasised that the Customs department is supporting its employees at all ports and is providing them continuous training in order to enhance their expertise.