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Saudi tops drug seizure report

Saudi Arabia accounted for more than a quarter of the world's amphetamine seizures in 2006, according to a new report published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Saudi Arabia accounted for more than a quarter of the world's amphetamine seizures in 2006, according to a new report published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

The Kingdom was responsible for 28% of global amphetamine seizures in 2006, the most recent statistics available.

Over 12 tonnes of amphetamine were impounded by authorities, which the report noted was "equivalent to the sum of all UK seizures - the biggest amphetamine market in Europe - from 2000 to 2006."

Antonio Maria Costa, UNODC's executive director, said his was in dialogue with the Saudi government about the trend. "If you are asking me for an explanation, I don't have it. I'm very perplexed.

"It suggests that this had been mostly for local consumption."

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