Oman Foils Major Drug Smuggling Operation

Oman security authorities have foiled an attempt to smuggle in more than 54,000 tablets of different types of psychotropic substances and 25 kilograms of hashish.

The Royal Oman Police (ROP) in a brief statement said that the “Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Control Department, led by the Musandam Governorate Police, in cooperation with the Coast Guard Police, thwarted major drug smuggling into the country by sea.”

Security and customs authorities in Oman and also in other gulf nations have frequently seized different kinds of drugs, but mostly Captagon pills which is currently the most in-demand narcotic in the Middle East.

Millions of pills are being intercepted by customs officials in the Gulf every month as the region continues to crack down on trafficking and several drug smugglers were also detained.

Captagon, a brand name for the amphetamine fenethylline hydrochloride, was originally produced in the 1960s and it was banned in most countries in the 1980s because of its highly addictive nature.

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