Saudi Arabia Arrests Three Egyptians Over Drug Smuggling Attempt

Saudi authorities on Thursday said they seized 456,000 amphetamine pills and arrested five suspects including Egyptians and a Syrian.

Maj. Mohammed Al-Nujaidi, Spokesman of Saudi’s General Directorate of Narcotics Control, said that the amphetamine pills were discovered in elevator machinery equipment and spare parts.

Al-Nujaidy said that three Egyptians, a Syrian national, and two Saudi citizens were arrested in Jeddah and the case was passed to the public prosecutors.  

“The discovery follows efforts to crack down on drug smuggling networks that threaten the security of Saudi Arabia and endanger its people,” Al-Nujaidi added.

On March 24, Saudi Arabia also seized more than 3.3 million illegal amphetamine pills and arrested a Jordanian resident and Syrian expatriate in connection.  

Al-Nujaidi at that time said that the Captagon pills were discovered inside a consignment of lemons.

Prior to this, Saudi authorities also thwarted an attempt to smuggle 1.6 million Captagon tablets through Jeddah Islamic Port.

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