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UAE Halts 30 Tonnes of Narcotics, 11,988 Traffickers in Past Year

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Law enforcement in the UAE intensified their efforts against drug trafficking in 2023, with officials reporting significant progress in combating the illegal drug trade. According to the Ministry of Interior, a total of 11,988 suspected traffickers were apprehended during the year as part of ongoing operations aimed at curbing drug-related crimes.

In addition to the arrests, authorities seized over 29.7 tonnes of various narcotics and filed 8,300 drug-related reports across the country. One of the notable incidents involved Dubai Police intercepting an attempt to smuggle 13 tonnes of Captagon, valued at Dh3.87 billion ($1.05 billion), concealed within 600 door panels and other items.

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Sharjah Police also reported a 24% increase in drug seizures compared to the previous year, confiscating narcotics worth Dh115.3 million ($31.4 million).

The UAE government's efforts extended beyond physical seizures to tackling online drug sales. In 2023, authorities blocked 2,397 websites identified for promoting and selling illicit substances. This action followed earlier initiatives, including collaboration with social media companies to shut down over 160,000 websites and accounts involved in drug trafficking.

Brigadier Saeed Abdullah Al Suwaidi, Director General of Federal Narcotics Control at the Ministry of Interior, emphasized the UAE's robust collaboration with international partners, resulting in the seizure of 4.4 tonnes of drugs outside the country based on shared intelligence.

Major General Maktoum Ali Al Sharifi of Abu Dhabi Police underscored the importance of a holistic approach to combating drug abuse, highlighting the role of families in prevention and rehabilitation efforts. He emphasized early detection of drug use signs and continuous support for recovered individuals to reintegrate into society successfully.

The UAE government continues to implement initiatives aimed at supporting individuals battling drug addiction, reflecting a commitment to addressing the societal challenges posed by drug abuse.

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