KUWAIT: Customs officers are seen with the 10 million Tramadol pills seized at Shuwaikh Port on Friday. – KUNA

KUWAIT: Kuwaiti customs officers seized on Friday 10 million Tramadol pills, enlisted among narcotics that affect human mental condition. Jamal Al-Jalawi, Director of the Kuwait Customs Directorate General, said in a statement personnel of the customs warehouses management at Shuwaikh Port seized the banned drugs.

Jalawi said the Tamol-X 225 pills were in a container shipped from an Asian country, adding that the importer tried to smuggle the shipment illegally into Kuwait, and when he failed, attempted to send the drugs abroad. Musaed Al-Hlailah, inspection supervisor at the port, said the smugglers attempted to bring the cargo in a 40-feet container with a manifest reading electrical and medical appliances.

Hlailah said contents of the container were examined after the importer tried to reship them, thus arousing suspicion among officers in charge. Screening devices showed cartons were packed with the prohibited pills. Tramadol is illegal in Kuwait and its medical prescription for some cases of physical or psychological illnesses is subject to regulations and terms. – KUNA