Egyptian Customs Authorities Foil Smuggling Attempts

Egyptian policemen, wearing protective face shields, check luggage at the Sharm el-Sheikh international airport on June 20, 2020. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)

Customs officials at Cairo International Airport have successfully prevented passengers from smuggling various prohibited items into Egypt. The items confiscated by the authorities include a sword, e-cigarette capsules containing drugs, wireless devices, casino tools, antique coins, and a pair of binoculars. One of the discoveries was a sword hidden inside a wooden case, which was found in the luggage of an Egypt Air passenger who had flown in from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Another individual flying with Egypt Air, this time from New York, was stopped and discovered to be in possession of five electronic hookah capsules containing marijuana oil, 10 wireless devices that should have had a special permit, and 37 gambling accessories.

In addition, a traveler jetting in from Dublin, in Ireland, was caught carrying three antique coins, and a pair of binoculars. Two of the coins were from the Moroccan Alawites era, and the other was Roman.

Legal action is being taken against all three passengers.

Separately, Cairo airport officials foiled a bid by an Egyptian passenger to smuggle a large quantity of cosmetics into the country.

Also, a foreign passenger of Egyptian origin was found in possession of a telescope used in firearms, and an Egyptian national was discovered to be concealing two daggers. They were referred to the prosecution.

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