Two Egyptian police officers at Cairo Airport were detained on Monday pending investigation on charges of “facilitating smuggling” and “negligence” after letting a passenger possessing narcotics pass the security check, a newspaper report has said.
The police officers reportedly found pills while inspecting the passenger’s luggage who told them that they were just medicine. Instead of checking the nature of the pills and confiscating them, they asked him to dispose of them himself.
The passenger agreed to dispose of the pills in a close by trash bin and boarded the plane, according to Youm7 newspaper.
Later in the day, police discovered that the same passenger had also left behind four other bags. After inspecting the trash bin that he had thrown the pills in, they found that they were actually illegal narcotics that the passenger attempted to smuggle.
The police officers who inspected the passenger were detained for “violating their work code” which stipulates that they had to inspect the nature of those pills before disposing them.