Dubai Customs seize opium
Customs officers at Dubai International Airport have seized 3.6 kilograms of opium stuffed in 40 handbags.
The contraband was found when officers at Dubai Cargo Village became suspicious of a shipment.
They searched it and found a black substance they said was skilfully concealed in the lining of the bags.
The Air Customs Centre Management in Dubai said the substance was found to be opium.
It is thought the shipment came from Asia and was in transit to a European airport.
Customs inspectors are regularly enrolled in anti-drugs courses that teach them to identify drugs, Mr Rasheed said.
He said Customs was committed to thwarting all attempts to smuggle drugs into or through the country.