28 March 2014

Egypt: Armed Forces Destroy 13 Underground Tunnels, 61 Feddans Cultivated With Drugs

The Egyptian border guards continued efforts to combat smugglers and criminals on all fronts in a bid to tighten grip on borders.

Second Field Army forces destroyed 13 underground tunnels on the Rafah-Gaza borderline in North Sinai.

Also a storehouse containing different goods that were going to be smuggled through tunnels was busted. A car and four motorbikes, all without license plates, used for smuggling purposes were seized.

In a clampdown on drugs in Sinai, the Armed Forces destroyed 32 farms covering 61 feddans cultivated with cannabis and opium poppy.

A fishing boat in Ras Sedr off the Red Sea shores was seized with 2.5 tons of cannabis on board.

In the vicinity of the Northern Military Zone, three criminal elements were arrested at a checkpoint in Abu Qir with a pistol and drugs in their possession. An attempt to smuggle 74 persons, including 69 Egyptians and five Syrians, was foiled.

In the environs of the Western Military Zone, a pickup loaded with 100 boxes of smuggled cosmetics was seized in Salloum. Three trucks carrying 13,000 cartons of smuggled carcinogenic cigarettes were impounded.

In the south, border guards at the Southern Military Zone detained 184 infiltrators - 89 Eritreans, 71 Sudanese, 12 Somalis, five Ethiopians, 65 Libyans and two Syrians - on nine trucks.

Four Sudanese nationals on a gold excavation mission were arrested as well. Three metal detectors were found with them.

Also three trucks loaded with more than five tons of subsidized food was stopped before being smuggled to Sudan.

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