RIYADH: The Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority foiled three attempts to smuggle more than 18 kilograms of D-methamphetamine at Al-Batha border crossing and Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Madinah.
The drugs were found in shipments and with people entering the Kingdom through those crossings.
The authority said that the first attempt was discovered at Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz International Airport where 6.9 kilograms of D-methamphetamine were found professionally hidden inside a passenger’s luggage.
It added that the second attempt was thwarted at Al-Batha border crossing where 1.7 kilograms of D-methamphetamine were found hidden around a passenger’s body. The authority also foiled a third attempt to smuggle 10.114 kilograms of D-methamphetamine hidden inside the tissue boxes in the cabin of a truck shipping ceramics.
The authority noted that coordination with the General Directorate of Narcotics Control resulted in the arrest of the three people receiving the D-methamphetamine.
It stressed that it is continuing to tighten control over the Kingdom’s imports and exports and to take action to combat smuggling attempts, in order to achieve its strategy of strengthening the security and protection of society.