Saudi Arabia: Authorities foil attempt to smuggle 16 million amphetamine tablets into kingdom

Cairo: Saudi authorities have thwarted a plot to smuggle over 16 million drug pills into the kingdom through neighbouring countries, according to a security official.

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The General Directorate of Narcotics Control had uncovered the plot to smuggle large quantities of Amphetamine, a highly addictive stimulant, into the kingdom after having smuggled the contraband pills through a number of neighbouring countries, spokesman for the directorate Capt Mohammed bin Khaled added.

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He added that the directorate in coordination with the Saudi Customs Authority seized the haul of 16,343,000 pills that were hidden in a shipment of chickpeas, the Saudi news agency SPA reported.

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Two intended recipients of the cargo – an Indian national and a Yemeni – were arrested, the official said.

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In recent weeks, Saudi authorities have foiled several attempts to smuggle drugs into the country.

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Last month, security forces in the regions of Riyadh and Jazan had thwarted three bids to smuggle large quantities of hashish, weighing 1,243 kilograms, police said.

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Drug smuggling is an offense punishable by death in Saudi Arabia.

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