October 30, 2020

Egyptian arrested for smuggling narcotics in box of dates

By: The Associated Press

Police at Cairo’s international airport say they’ve arrested an Egyptian man returning from France with over 600 narcotic pills and two packs of marijuana stuffed into a carton of dates

The unidentified passenger was detained and faces possible charges for violating Egypt’s anti-narcotics and smuggling laws, said Ibrahim Abdel-Latif, an official in the airport’s custom authority.

Tramadol is listed by Egyptian authorities as an illegal drug because it is widely used as a heroin substitute.

This was not the airport’s first brush with drug trafficking. Customs authorities say they routinely pick up foreigners and Egyptians alike for attempting to smuggle in outlawed painkillers and amphetamines popular in the Middle East.

A 34-year-old British woman spent 13 months behind bars after she was caught sneaking a few hundred Tramadol pills into Egypt last year.

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