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Marib Security Forces Seize Houthi Drugs Shipment

Marib Security Forces Seize Houthi Drugs Shipment

Sunday, 10 November, 2019 - 10:45
A Houthi militant in Sanaa, Yemen. (Reuters)

Security forces in the Marib governorate, east of Sanaa, seized a large shipment of drugs in the past 10 days that was headed to the Iran-backed Houthi militias, reported official Yemeni sources.

They revealed that the shipment included a batch of 100 pills and 750 kilograms of hashish. It was attempted to be smuggled by five culprits, one of whom was disguised as a woman.

“Security checkpoints south of Marib, through professionalism and vigilance, managed to seize the drugs while they were being smuggled to Sanaa using Marib as a crossing point,” Saba news agency quoted a police source based in Marib as saying.

The source went on to confirm that the suspects were apprehended and are undergoing investigations in preparation for trial.

“Stepped up smuggling operations shows desperation among Iran-backed Houthis who are now using drugs and cannabis to lure youth under the influence into recruitment,” the source noted, adding that the phenomenon coincides with massive rejection by tribesmen to voluntarily join militia ranks in Sanaa.

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