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Gang of 76 caught trying to smuggle over 1,800kg of hashish into Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabian Border Guards made the arrests at southern border of the country

Gang of 76 caught trying to smuggle over 1,800kg of hashish into Saudi Arabia
The arrests were made at the southern border of the country, in Jizan, Najran and Asir. Images: Saudi Arabian Border Guards.

Saudi Arabian Border Guards have arrested 76 people accused of attempting to smuggle 1,853 kilograms of hashish into the kingdom.

The arrests were made at the southern border of the country, in Jizan, Najran and Asir. 

Those involved included 43 Ethiopians, 19 Yemenis, nine Somalis, four Saudi nationals and one unknown.

Spokesman for the Border Guard, Colonel Mesfer bin Ghannam Al-Quraini, said that they “stand determined” to stop smuggling across the border, “despite the multiplicity and variety of methods used by smugglers”.

In August, officials arrested four passengers attempting to smuggle SR3.1 million ($830,000) in cash out of Madinah’s airport, while Saudi Arabian Border Guards intercepted two boats carrying large quantities of cannabis into the kingdom. In a third bust, Saudi customs thwarted two attempts to bring more than 2.5 million Captagon (amphetamine) pills hidden in two vehicles into the country via a port.

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