Italian police claim Dubai is an EU drug transit hub
Dubai airport has become a transit hub for the European drug trade, Italian police said this week.
The comment were made after two smugglers were arrested at Rome's Fiumicino airport after arriving via Dubai.
One was a 19-year-old Slovak with two kilos (4.4 pounds) of cocaine stashed in a false bottom of his suitcase. He had departed from Rio de Janeiro and travelled to Rome via Dubai.
The other was a Nigerian who hid vials of cocaine in his socks.
The street value of the two seizures was put at around half a million dollars (441,000 euros).
Police said that increasingly, they’re finding that narcotics smugglers use the UAE’s strict drug laws as a smoke screen.
They travel via Dubai and do not leave the transit lounge, as this would expose them to customs checks, the police said in a press release.
They then use the Dubai-Europe leg and the tough anti-drug reputation of the United Arab Emirates to mask the country where they began their trip.
"The trick aims at providing the smuggler with an itinerary that looks unsuspicious to police officers,” they said.