Members of customs authorities at Hurghada International Airport posing with the counterfeit dollars confiscated from an Egyptian national coming from Turkey on November 10, 2019. Egypt Today
CAIRO - 10 November 2019: The customs authorities at Hurghada International Airport foiled a passenger’s attempt to smuggle counterfeit $10,000 banknotes into Egypt.
The arrested man is an Egyptian national coming from Turkey’s Sabiha Gokcen International Airport on Pegasus Airlines flight no. PC620.
In April, the Egyptian authorities thwarted an attempt of smuggling more than 2 tons of drugs, worth LE 2 billion [US $115,5 million] on board of a ship in the Red Sea, said the Ministry of Interior in a statement.
The ministry conducted prior investigations and arrested a group of drug dealers while trying to bring the drugs into the country's Red Sea governorate, the statement added.
The drug dealers include two Egyptian nationals, who are fugitives from justice over charges of drug dealing, and seven other foreigners, the statement said.
On December 31, 2018, the Egyptian authorities at Nuewiba port thwarted an attempt to smuggle large amounts of drugs hidden inside a Syrian apple consignment.
The consignment was carrying a large amount of the illegal drug Captagon, in violation to the pharmacy law and laws of customs, import and export. Captagon was the most popular narcotic in the Arabian Peninsula. It is a psycho-stimulant of the Fenethylline drug group.
In January 2019, the government approved a bill that stipulates sentencing to death those who "import or export synthetic substances that cause harm to the body, mind or the nervous system," in efforts to limit prohibited drug trade.