Dubai Police and Dubai Customs held the first forum and discussed ways to prevent the smuggling of drugs into the UAE through land, air and sea ports using technology.
According to the Khaleej Times, Brigadier Abdullah Ali al-Ghaithi, Director of the General Department of Organizations Protective Security and Emergency (OPSE) of the Dubai Police, said that they are considering using artificial intelligence to secure airports, shipping ports and road borders from smuggling illegal goods.
Officials from both entities stated that they are using cutting-edge technology to detect hiding places that smugglers use for drugs.
“Inspectors have even caught people who insert drugs inside the wheels of their travel bags,” said Marwan Sunga, Director, General Department of Airport Security.
“The drugs are also covered up or added to other substances, to fool sniffer dogs. “For instance, they bring in sweets with marijuana in it or chocolate with heroin or cocaine,” he added.
According to the newspaper, Colonel Ayub Hassan Meftah, director of the local control department at the Anti-Narcotics department at the Dubai Police, emphasised on concealment and deflection methods.
Dubai Police and Dubai Customs are also planning to make this an annual forum.