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Egyptian Drug Smuggling Network Busted in Cairo International Airport

Millions of pounds worth of Illegal medicine was uncovered in suitcases at Cairo International Airport.

Twelve airport officials and EgyptAir employees were arrested and accused of using their positions and influence to obtain bribes from medical distribution companies and pharmaceutical companies to smuggle banned medicine into Egypt, according to Egypt Independent. The smuggled drugs that were seized by the Administrative Control Authority in several suitcases contained oncology and hepatitis virus drugs worth millions in EGP.

The arrested employees included the director of the Costs Department of EgyptAir Maintenance and Engineering Company,an employee responsible for recording data at said company, the head of the Passenger Inspection Department, a customs officer, and a senior flight attendant for EgyptAir. It isn't quite clear how the director of the Costs department of a maintenance company and a data collector used their positions and influence to request bribes as they don't have much authority when it comes to security checks. After this reality check Cairo International Airport might start shaping up and become a little more straightforward, like most other international airports... or just go back to being its same old self.

Photo: BBC World News


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