Cairo airport authorities arrest passenger for smuggling 60 iphones

CAIRO: A passenger was busted by the customs department at the Cairo International Airport over attempting to smuggle 60 iphone mobile devices, Youm7 reported Friday.

The arrested passenger was an Egyptian on board of a flight coming from Kuwait, and after inspecting him, a large number of mobile phones were found hidden in his luggage, official sources at the customs department told Youm7.

The man faces charges of evading customs payment. Price of an iphine in Egypt is estimated at 6,000 EGP ($766.) The phones were confiscated and a police report was filed.


Customs at different Egypt airports have repeatedly thwarted attempts to smuggle drugs, antiquities, spy cameras and contraband.


On Feb.21, a passenger was arrested over attempting to smuggle a load of medicines from London.


On Feb.6, authorities at Luxor International Airport foiled an attempt by an Egyptian passenger to smuggle 148 antique coins that date back to the Mohamed Ali Dynasty (1805-1952) to Qatar.


Additional reporting by Mahmoud Abdel Ghany.

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