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Saudi Authorities Thwart Attempts To Smuggle Amphetamines Into Kingdom

Saudi authorities recently thwarted two attempts to smuggle Captagon pills and other amphetamines into the Kingdom, according to statements released on Friday.

The first case was at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, where customs officials discovered 178,274 Captagon pills hidden inside boxes marked as containing beehives. After informing the General Directorate for Narcotics Control two people were arrested for their roles in the smuggling attempt and are now awaiting trial.

In the second case, an Ethiopian national was arrested in the Madinah region for attempting to smuggle amphetamines into the Kingdom.

The directorate urged citizens to report any activities related to drug smuggling by calling 911 for those in Makkah, Riyadh and the Eastern Province, or 999 for those living elsewhere. People can also contact Drug Control on 995 or via email at All reports are treated in the strictest confidence.

The Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority said it would continue to tighten controls over imports and exports and was committed to stopping drug smugglers in order to protect the public and society.

People with information about such matters can call ZATCA on 1910, the international number 00 966 114208417 or via email at


Arab News

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