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Kuwait customs foils bid to smuggle drugs into country

Seized pills
Seized pills
KUWAIT, July 12 (KUNA) -- Kuwaiti customs officers have seized 10 million Tamol x 225 pills enlisted among narcotics that affect human mental condition.
Jamal Al-Jalawi, Director of the Kuwaiti Customs Directorate General, said in a statement personnel of the customs warehouses management at Shuwaikh Port, seized the banned drugs.
Al-Jalawi said the pills were in a container, shipped from an Asian country, adding that the importer tried to smuggle the shipment illegally into Kuwait and when he failed, he attempted to send the drugs abroad.
Musaed Al-Hlailah, inspection supervisor at the port, said the smugglers attempted to bring the cargo in a 40-feet container with a manifest reading: electrical and medical appliances.
Al-Hlailah said contents of the container were examined after the importer tried to reship them, thus arousing suspicion among the officers in charge. Screening devices showed that carton boxes were packed with the prohibited pills.
Drugs are illegal in Kuwait and medical prescription for some cases of physical or psychological illnesses are subject to regulations and terms. (end) km.rk