Saudi Arabia announced that it had thwarted an attempt to smuggle more than one and a half million amphetamine tablets, in cooperation with the competent authorities in the UAE.
The official spokesman for the General Directorate of Narcotics Control in Saudi Arabia, Major Muhammad Al-Nujaidi, said that “the continuous security follow-up to the activities of criminal networks, which target the security of the Kingdom and its youth with drugs, resulted in thwarting the smuggling attempt.”
Al-Nujaidi said, according to a statement published by the Saudi Press Agency “SPA”, that “an attempt to smuggle a large amount of amphetamine tablets smuggled into the Kingdom inside a truck loaded with corn grains through the Batha port, in cooperation with the UAE side, was thwarted.”
He added, “Coordination was carried out with the Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority, according to a tight security plan, and 1,531,791 amphetamine tablets were seized, in the possession of two people, a Syrian citizen and resident, in the city of Riyadh.”
Major Al-Nujaidi indicated that “the initial regular procedures have been completed against the arrested and referred to the Public Prosecution,” stressing that “the anti-drug men will confront anyone who begs himself to violate the Kingdom’s regulations and instructions.”
He stressed that the Kingdom “criminalizes the smuggling, promotion and use of drugs in all its forms and types”, praising “the joint cooperation with the counterpart security side” in the UAE.
On the first of October, the Saudi authorities announced that they had thwarted an attempt to smuggle a very large amount of the narcotic Captagon pills.
The Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority at Jeddah Islamic Port said in a statement at the time that it had managed to confiscate more than 12 million Captagon pills that had arrived in Saudi Arabia through the port in a shipment of cocoa beans.
Last August, the authority had also thwarted two attempts to smuggle a large amount of Captagon pills into the Kingdom through Jeddah Islamic Port. One of the trucks coming through the port.