QatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1980 posts, RR: 6 Posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 13537 times:
Emirates, Qatar Drug Traffickers’ Preferred Airlines
Emirates and Qatar have emerged the preferred airlines used by drug traffickers in Nigeria, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has said.
In its 2011 report released recently, NDLEA said that out of 191 drug traffickers arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Nigeria’s busiest airport, 32 of the smugglers or 28.32 percent had purchased Emirates airline tickets while 25 of the suspects or 22.12 percent had Qatar airline tickets.
Emirates airline operates from Dubai and is the largest airline in the Middle East, with over 2,500 flights per week while Qatar airline is based in Doha, the Qatari capital, another Arab country.
Drug trafficking can attract death sentence in both countries, an indication that both countries may just be transit routes for traffickers heading to Europe or America.
The report further shows that Iberia airline followed Emirates and Qatar with 8 suspects or 7.08 percent arrested for drugs. Iberia airline is the flag carrier of Spain where the majority of Nigerians were deported from last year for drug related offences.
Quokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 12173 times:
Quoting nethkt (Reply 6): They don't really care about drugs in DXB/DOH at all?
Quoting hhslax2 (Reply 8): Going through security in Bahrain, Qatar, and UAE is a breeze (shoes on, laptop in bag, passing glance at xray monitor). However, flights to the US have a secondary check.
On some visits to DXB I have been asked to take off my shoes and on other visits I have been able to keep them on. My elderly mother has been taken aside to be searched by female security staff in special cubicles that provide privacy. So the security checking is more random. From time to time there have been reports in UAE newspapers of passengers being apprehended for drug offences at DXB, including possession of medications that would be legal in other countries.
solarflyer22 From US Minor Outlying Islands, joined Nov 2009, 1433 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 10504 times:
I really doubt this has anything to do with the airlines unless there is someone working with them on the inside. Thats more likely to be an airport employee (i.e. baggage, security etc.) than an airline employee. I'd rather security focus on weapons as oppose to drugs anyway.
loalq From Switzerland, joined Jan 2007, 246 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 9056 times:
Well, you can't blame them for choosing EK or QR. If you have to go down, at least go down in style. can you imagine being caught with drugs AND having to fly BA or AF? I guess this is part of the deals they make "I charge X dollars to serve as a mule and don't forget that I only fly Emirates"...
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nethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 1105 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 8249 times:
Quoting loalq (Reply 12): Well, you can't blame them for choosing EK or QR. If you have to go down, at least go down in style. can you imagine being caught with drugs AND having to fly BA or AF? I guess this is part of the deals they make "I charge X dollars to serve as a mule and don't forget that I only fly Emirates"...
Ok, if the cost of their flights is not as issue, what if the reason behind is that they do think it is easier to pass through security in DXB/DOH rather than LHR/CDG.
Imagine them smuggling from South America/Africa to Thailand for example.
777jaah From Colombia, joined Jan 2006, 1403 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 7853 times:
Quoting Tupolev160 (Reply 15): Smart guy, i don't think the US is the only place in the world where drugs are used. Sorry to remind you about that
Really?? Thanks for the clarification.
Now that you're so smart, you can tell me how much of the world's drug production is actually coming from Mexico?? Or is it used as a inter
mediate stop between S America and the USA?? Since when Mexico has become such a great producer of cocaine or heroin?? The routing cares more about centers of production than where the actual cartels live.
But what would I know, probably you've knew all this long before, right smart guy??
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LJ From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4683 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 7388 times:
Quoting nethkt (Reply 14): Ok, if the cost of their flights is not as issue, what if the reason behind is that they do think it is easier to pass through security in DXB/DOH rather than LHR/CDG.
Correct assumption. However, it's probably more the fact that if you want to smuggle drugs to Europe you better do it via another port as the local police in The Netherlands, Germany, France and the UK already monitor the flights from Nigeria, and thus receive tougher checks than the EK flight from DXB. The same applies to direct flights from BOG, CCS and some other destinations (mostly Caribbean, Latin American and African) into Europe.
Considering that, according to the article, they choose to go through the ME, where you can get in serious trouble for having poppy seeds stuck on your shirt from the bagel you ate in the morning, I don't think they would be smart enough to NOT continue to Singapore!