DOHA: Qatar Airport customs inspectors have reportedly been making nearly one drug seizure a day as Qatar continues to grow in popularity as a destination and transit point for narcotics smugglers.
According to the Peninsula, authorities recorded 340 seizures at Doha International Airport and Hamad International Airport (HIA) in 2014.
While the numbers reflect an increase on previous reports of approximately 280 seizures in 2011 and 2013, it’s not clear if the figures are directly comparable.
Many estimates surface via interviews with various officials, rather than official reports, and often include maritime seizures and those made at Qatar’s land border with Saudi Arabia.
The Gulf Times reported late last year that Qatar’s General Authority of Customs made 1,500 total seizures in 2013, nearly half of which were related to various forms of “commercial fraud.” Drugs, alcohol, tobacco and firearms made up the rest.