SAUDI ARABIA

Two drug smuggling attempts foiled at Saudi port

January 14, 2022
Smugglers resort to hiding drugs in food consignments. (File)
Smugglers resort to hiding drugs in food consignments. (File)

JEDDAH — Customs officers in Saudi Arabia on Friday successfully thwarted two attempts to smuggle more than 8.3 million amphetamine pills after finding them hidden in two consignments that arrived at Jeddah Islamic Port.

In a statement, the Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority (ZATCA) explained that, in the first attempt, 3,054,000 pills were found hidden inside a consignment of onions, while in the second attempt, 5,281,250 pills were hidden in a consignment of silicone barrels.

Upon investigation, three people were arrested for being involved in the smuggling attempts, the authorities said. They will be taken to court.

At the same time, ZATCA called on the public to contribute to the fight against smuggling to protect society and the national economy by calling the security reports number 1910 or via e-mail @ zatca.gov.sa 1910 or the international number 00966114208417. — SPA


January 14, 2022
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