Dubai police have recently seized over $1 billion of captagon drug cigarettes, which were smuggled inside furniture from Turkey. The seizure is believed to be the biggest drug bust in the history of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The police confirmed that the shipment was intercepted at the port of Jebel Ali and consisted of 80 million Captagon tablets, as well as large quantities of methamphetamine. The drugs were hidden in 1,005 pieces of furniture that had been imported from Turkey.
The drugs were destined for the Middle East and African markets, and the Captagon tablets alone had an estimated street value of $1 billion. The Dubai police also seized large amounts of cash they believe to have been used to launder the proceeds of this illicit activity.
The Dubai police also issued an arrest warrant for a suspect defined by public prosecution to be in possession of these drugs. The suspect was later arrested in a neighboring country. Investigations are still ongoing to determine the full extent of this case, as well as to identify more suspects involved in this network.