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Saudi Arabia Foils Attempt to Smuggle 1.5 Million Amphetamine Pills Into Kingdom

Saudi Arabia Foils Attempt to Smuggle 1.5 Million Amphetamine Pills Into Kingdom

Wednesday, 13 October, 2021 - 05:15
A Saudi customs officer in the port of Jeddah examines the pomegranate shipment from Lebanon found to be stuffed with more than 5m captagon pills (Saudi Press Agency via AP)

Saudi authorities, in cooperation with the UAE, thwarted an attempt to smuggle 1.5 million amphetamine pills into the Kingdom.


The pills were found hidden inside a truck to be smuggled with large quantities of corn grain at Batha port.


Official Spokesman of the General Directorate of Narcotics Control (GDNC) Major Mohammed Al-Nujaidi said that the continuous security efforts of the Kingdom in the war on drugs led to foiling the criminal act.


He said the operation was conducted in cooperation with the Emirati authorities and in coordination with the Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority.


“A total of 1,531,791 amphetamine pills were seized in possession of two people, a Saudi citizen and Syrian resident, in Riyadh,” Major Al-Nujaidi said.


The Saudi official added that preliminary legal measures have been taken against the arrested who were duly referred to the public prosecution, stressing that GDNC personnel will be ready to deal with whoever violates the regulations of the Kingdom that bans smuggling, promoting and consuming all types of drugs.


He also praised the cooperation with relevant security apparatuses in the UAE.


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