Smuggling of huge amounts of counterfeit drugs foiled at Nuweiba Port  

CAIRO: An attempt to smuggle a huge amount of  locally produced and imported medicine was thwarted Friday at Nuweiba Port in the eastern part of Sinai Peninsula, Youm7 reported.

The confiscated drugs, worth 9,822,570 EGP ($1.1 million,) included 699,530 bottles of locally produced drugs and 63,936 packs of  imported medications, reportedly evaded customs duty.

The port authorities found fake approvals for the imported drugs, with frauds in their production and expiry dates.

On April 20, Police seized some 9 million pills of Tramadol, a controlled substance, in a container that transited in Port Said en route to Libya, according to Youm7. On the same day, 11kg of heroin were seized the Red Sea’s Nuweiba Port in South Sinai, inside the air conditioner of a truck coming from Jordan.

Drugs are also occasionally seized at Cairo International Airport. Last month, a passenger was taken into custody for smuggling Tramadol in the diapers of his two children who were travelling with him.

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