First drug seizure during the World Cup in Qatar

1,990 pills of Tramadol and 464.5 grams of hashish: this is the seizure of customs at Hamad airport in Doha on Monday. This is the first drug seizure during the World Cup in Qatar.

The wealthy Gulf gas emirate, very strict against drug trafficking and consumption, has been hosting the first World Cup in the Middle East since Sunday, and expects to receive more than a million visitors until the final on 18 december.

One of the customs officers at Doha airport “suspected the passenger’s luggage, so inspected it and found” this large quantity of drugs, announced on Twitter the General Customs Authority.

A painkiller causing overdoses

The passenger concerned, about whom no information has been revealed, must be brought before the public prosecutor, a Qatari official told AFP, who requested anonymity. Penalties in Qatar for possession, use or trafficking of drugs are very severe, including long prison terms, heavy fines and expulsion from the territory for foreigners.

Powerful painkiller, Tramadol, a synthetic opiate, can lead to strong dependence. He is particularly involved in the opiate crisis that is shaking the United States, where overdoses have claimed more than half a million lives in 20 years.


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