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Posted On: 25 June 2015 10:37 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:15 pm

Customs X-ray machines installed; drugs seized

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Customs Department has installed two advanced X-ray machines to screen containers and detect banned items. The machines are mounted on vehicle allowing them to move as per requirement. The machines will help officials locate banned items in containers from outside and can screen organic and inorganic materials, Al Sharq reports.

With these machines, the department will save time. The machines, when stationed, can screen 25 containers per hour and 150 if mounted on a vehicle. Rays from the machines are not harmful for humans and can operate in high temperature.

Ali Sheikh Al Yafai from IT Department at Customs Department and Supervisor of scanning project said such machines were needed to screen exported and imported goods. The department contacted a Chinese firm and the machines were provided after Lekhwiya and customs officials visited the company’s manufacturing facility. The team submitted a report before approving the deal.

Al Yafai said the department organised training for officials.

Meanwhile, officials caught a passenger from Arab country for carrying five pieces of hashish and 165 pills of Tramadol drug.

Officials at Hamad International Airport stopped the passenger with suspicious behaviour but could not find anything objectionable during initial checking. Later the passenger was taken for an X-ray and was found carrying 28 grammes of hashish and pills wrapped in black plastic.