Saudi officials stop Captagon smuggling plots

The illegal pills were found inside two separate vehicles
Saudi officials stop Captagon smuggling plots
Approximately 2,579,000 Captagon pills were found inside a truck and a private vehicle.
By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Wed 21 Aug 2019 10:31 AM

Saudi customs officers have intercepted two attempts to smuggle thousands of Captagon pills hidden in two vehicles that arrived at a Saudi port, according to the Saudi Press Agency.

Approximately 2,579,000 Captagon pills were found inside a truck and a private vehicle.

Abdul Razzaq Al-Zahrani, the director-general of Al-Hadithah Customs, said the private vehicle was driven by a man who was accompanied by his wife and two children.

After being identified as suspicious, the vehicle was searched and a total of 2,533,000 Captagon pills were found hidden in various parts of the vehicle, including the spare tyre.

Al-Zahrani added that customs also found 26,000 pills inside a fire extinguisher found in a truck.

Earlier in August, Dubai Customs announced that they had captured 274,000 Captagon pills in 137 plastic bags hidden in the fuel tank of a dhow – the second largest drug seizure ever for customs officials in the emirate.

"Smugglers use different methods to get away with their illegal items but we thwart their attempts due to the vigilance and sophisticated training of our inspectors," Ahmed Al Daleel, head of Coastal Customs Centres Management, said. "Dubai Customs prevents illegal trade and smuggling of drugs and all restricted goods as part of its vision of protecting society and supporting legitimate trade."

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