Qatar airport ‘seizes 2,000 pills and 1lb of hashish from smuggler’ in drugs bust

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Some 1,990 tramadol pills were seized from a passenger at Hamad International Airport in Doha (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Qatari custom officers allegedly caught a drug smuggler with more than 2,000 pills just two days before the World Cup started.

Some 464.5 grams of hash and 1,990 tramadol pills were reportedly seized at Hamad International Airport in Doha.

The nationality and gender of the accused smuggler has not been disclosed, but the airport stopped them after suspecting they were carrying drugs.

In the run up to the World Cup, Qatari officials made clear that anyone planning to smuggle drugs into the county would face serious repercussions as they have a ‘zero tolerance policy’.

Punishments include long prison sentences, fines and deportation – and repeat offenders even face the death penalty.

According to Law 9 of 1987, regarding the control and regulation of narcotic drugs and dangerous psychotropic substances, anyone caught smuggling drugs into the country faces 20 years in prison and a fine of up to £64,047.

Those who have been convicted of drug crimes outside of the country will also be considered a ‘repeat offender’.

The UK government has sternly warned Brits the airport ‘makes use of the latest security technology’ and those carrying even residual amounts will be arrested.

The airport said they suspected the passenger was smuggling drugs before they searched them (Picture: Karim Jaafar/AFP via Getty Images)

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