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    Attempts to smuggle 106kg of methamphetamine foiled


    May 10, 2023

    RIYADH — Saudi customs inspectors have thwarted attempts to smuggle some 106 kilograms of methamphetamine, hidden in two consignments that entered the Kingdom through Al-Batha and Al-Haditha ports, according to the Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority (ZATCA).

    In the first attempt, the inspectors found 83.2 kilograms of methamphetamine in a vehicle that entered the Kingdom through the Al-Batha port after undergoing customs procedures. The drug was hidden in pieces of marble stone.

    In the second attempt, 23.8 kilograms of methamphetamine was found in a truck that entered the Kingdom through Al-Haditha port. The drug was hidden in the truck’s spare tyre.

    ZATCA said after coordinating with the General Directorate of Narcotics Control, two people who were supposed to receive the shipment were arrested.

    ZATCA confirmed that it will continue to tighten customs control over the Kingdom’s imports and exports to ensure the security and protection of the society from criminal activities, in cooperation and constant coordination with the General Directorate of Narcotics Control.

    ZATCA urges all citizens to contribute to combating smuggling, to protect society and the national economy, by reaching out to the designated number for security reports (1910), or via (e-mail: 1910@zatca.gov.sa) or the international number (00966114208417). ZATCA receives reports related to smuggling and violations of the provisions of the unified customs system in complete confidentiality, with a financial reward given to the informer if the tip proves true. SPA

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