All photos courtesy of Qatar Customs Authority
A passenger at Hamad International Airport has been caught after attempting to smuggle 332g of marijuana into the country by hiding it in a box of sweets, officials said.
The marijuana appears to have been placed underneath a pastry filled with nuts and sugar.
Nearly 7g of opium was also found in the man’s wallet, the Customs Authority said.
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The “sweet” bust follows several other creative but unsuccessful attempts to bring drugs into or through Qatar.
Last month, a passenger was found to be hiding 11kg of marijuana in a bag of dried chili peppers.
And weeks before that, customs authorities arrested a man for concealing 6.4kg of marijuana in dried fish and assorted nuts.
Drug smuggling has become an increasing problem for airport authorities in Qatar.
However, a security official said this week that most narcotics seizures continue to occur via the sea.
This is done with the help of weapons and high-speed boats, the Peninsula reported Staff Major-General Saad bin Jassim Al Khulaifi, Director-General of Public Security and President of the Permanent Committee for Drugs and Alcohol Affairs as saying.