Zakat, Tax, and Customs Authority (ZATCA) has thwarted 4 attempts to smuggle 756,212 narcotic pills at Al-Haditha and King Khalid International Airport. The pills were found hidden in shipments that arrived in the Kingdom.
The authority explained that several shipments were subject to customs procedures and during the inspection process a large number of narcotics were found hidden in different ways.
It revealed that in the first attempt 171,792 pills were found hidden in a shipment of “furniture” that arrived through King Khalid International Airport.
ZATCA was also able to thwart another attempt to smuggle 60,500 pills, which were found hidden in a vehicle loaded on one of the trucks coming through Al-Haditha port.
This is in addition to foiling another attempt of smuggling 247,670 pills, which were hidden in separate parts of one of the incoming trucks.
In the fourth case, ZATCA thwarted an attempt to smuggle 276,250 narcotic pills, which were found hidden in the separate parts of the truck, similar to to the previous smuggling bid.
The authority explained that after coordinating with the General Directorate of Narcotics Control, to ensure the arrest of the involved culprits inside the Kingdom, three persons who were supposed to receive the shipment were arrested.
It reiterated that it will continue to tighten customs control over the Kingdom’s imports and exports through all its customs outlets, and will confront any smugglers’ attempts.
It will also work to achieve one of its most important tasks represented in the security and protection of society from these criminal acts.