Uzbek pilgrims took with them to the Hajj in Mecca consignment of opium

Tashkent. 21 Aug. INTERFAX – Officers of the customs service of the airport of Samarkand during the search of a citizen going to Mecca, was found in possession of 72 grams of opium, said on Saturday the press service of the State customs Committee (SCC).

In addition, the pilgrim tried to smuggle undeclared $6 thousand

As noted in the SCC, on the given fact criminal case is brought, investigative actions are carried out.

This year the quota for Hajj for Uzbekistan was increased to 7346 people previously had such an opportunity only 5200 residents of the Republic.

The first group of pilgrims from Uzbekistan August 7 morning departed to Medina. Charter flights will be carried out by the Uzbek airline in Saudi Arabia until August 23.