On Monday, H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Interior and Chairman of the Anti-Narcotics Council in UAE, announced the seizure of 55 tons of narcotics in a global operation spearheaded by the International Security Alliance (ISA).
In a statement, Sheikh Saif revealed that the total value of the seized narcotics is roughly $750 million. He extended his gratitude to the member nations of the ISA for their contribution to these international efforts in combating this “dangerous global scourge”.
The mammoth seizure was part of a globally coordinated operation against cross-border drug trafficking. This operation was led by the ISA, in partnership with Ameripol, the American Police Organization.
The ISA comprises several countries, including the UAE, Bahrain, Senegal, Morocco, Spain, Israel, Italy, Slovakia, Singapore, France, and the Netherlands.
Conducted over two months, from April to June 2023, the operation specifically targeted transnational drug trafficking networks. Throughout this period, the ISA monitored and observed the air, land, and maritime routes utilized by these drug networks, innovating new methods for tracking the flow of narcotics across borders.
This achievement aligns with the UAE’s vision of contributing to local, regional, and global security and stability. The UAE’s security stability is a crucial advantage that attracts investments, ensuring societal safety, and economic prosperity, and consolidating the UAE’s reputation as one of the safest countries globally. The drug seizures were distributed as follows: 829 seizures in 2020, 941 seizures in 2021, and 834 seizures in 2022.