Hon. Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and acting Minister of Interior Sheikh Fahd Al-Yousef

Kuwait Refuses to Accept the Smuggling of Alcohol

Reiterating the zero-tolerance policy in dealing with smugglers and traders of alcoholic drinks, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense, and Acting Minister of Interior Sheikh Fahd Al-Yousef has affirmed the ability of the Criminal Security Sector and Kuwait General Administration for Customs (KGAC) to efficiently handle cases of smuggling and trading of alcohol. This is reported by Al-Anba daily. At Shuwaikh Port, Sheikh Fahd Al-Yousef and Lieutenant General Sheikh Salem Al-Nawaf, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior, were present for the inventory of the largest seizure of imported liquor in 2024, which consisted of 13,422 bottles valued at over KD1 million.

They expressed their gratitude to the involved police for their outstanding work in stopping the smuggling of drugs and other intoxicating materials. They also emphasized how important it is for everyone to deal strictly and with vigilance with those who smuggle and trade such forbidden goods. This happened when the authorities learned of a covert attempt to smuggle a sizable amount of booze from an Asian nation into a container that was also laden with furnishings.

As a result, arrangements were made to retrieve the container in conjunction with the Ports Sector, and a combined team comprising the Drugs Control General Department and KGAC was established to collect data in order to confirm the tip. Following their search of the container, the cops discovered a significant amount of imported alcohol. Their preliminary inquiries also turned up the involvement of three individuals, who were submitted to the appropriate authorities, in addition to the confiscated liquor bottles.

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