Passenger Carrying Medicine for someone else arrested at Airport

People always ask you to carry something for them: Traveling interstate or to another state has become a global phenomenon. Millions of people travel every day for various reasons. Some undergo migration for seeking a job, some travel for acquiring education while others do so for recreational purposes.

Whatever be the reason for traveling, it is a tradition that family, friends, and relatives come up for blessings and luck. We also have incidents where people put up a request for bringing something while coming back or delivering goods to someone at the place of destination.

He was arrested for carrying medicine without prescription: This is indeed a common practice but think twice before practicing it now. An Arab passenger was arrested from Sharjah International Airport for carrying a packet of medicines, which he did not own.

This passenger who was coming on visit visa did not have any medical prescription. He holds a visit visa and was traveling to UAE after he had been appointed to a job.  The police state that while scanning his baggage, a suspicious packet was noticed.

The passenger explained that he does not own this packet: The police got alerted and investigated it. The passenger explained it to be a packet of medicines, which had been provided to him, for delivery purpose. It was to be given to a sick woman who lives in the UAE. 

When he was leaving for UAE, friends, neighbors, and relatives had come over to bless him for his new career. One of them gave this packet, claiming it to be medicines, to deliver it to sick sister.

Without any authentication, the passenger agreed to take it along with him. He further briefed that a man was waiting outside the airport to receive the packet: the police have also arrested this person.

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The packet contains prohibited drugs: The pack of so-called medicines is examined to contain prohibited drugs. The police perceive the passenger as innocent, but he is liable for prosecution for breaking the law and helping in drugs smuggling. 

The police have briefed that they cannot give any favor to him just because he was not aware of rules. 

After this incidence, the director of ports and airports police of the Sharjah Police, Brigadier Abdul Salam Abdul Rahman Bin Faris, has advised all the travelers to strictly follow security and safety guidelines.

You should not carry anything on someone else behalf: Passengers are repeatedly being warned not to carry illegal goods on the plane. Travelers are cautioned not to help strangers especially in carrying their baggage or goods.

During their travel, travelers are requested to collaborate with airport officials and the security team.  The World surely is full of evil people: using innocent people for smuggling drugs in name of medicines is insane.

Beware of evil people; don’t trust anyone so easily. If you are to help someone like this gentleman wanted to, investigate carefully.

Do check your baggage carefully before leaving; do equip yourself with knowledge of the law. And do not get fooled at the hands of such folks. Hope everyone has a great traveling experience!!

Let me share with you my personal experience, I never accept anything to be handed over to another person. It is better to be a bad mouth once than spending all your life repenting upon a decision.

Source: Gulf News