RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority foiled two attempts to smuggle more than 1.2 million amphetamine tablets, known as Captagon on Friday through Duba port.
The drugs haul had an estimated street value of approximately $12m to $30m according to research published in the International Addiction Review Journal, which said users paid in the range of $10-$25 a pill.
According to authorities the tablets were found stashed in two trucks that arrived in the Kingdom through the port.
The first 699,500 tablets were hidden inside one of the trucks air tank, and second batch of 579،632 tablets was hidden inside the tires of the second truck.
#ارقد_وآمن #الزكاة_والضريبة_والجمارك في ميناء ضباء تُحبط محاولتي تهريب أكثر من 1,2 مليون حبة كبتاجون، عُثر عليها مُخبأة ضمن إرساليات وردت إلى المملكة عبر الميناء، وبالتنسيق مع @Mokafha_SA تم القبض على مستقبلي المضبوطات داخل المملكة وعددهم 3 أشخاص.— هيئة الزكاة والضريبة والجمارك (@Zatca_sa) March 17, 2023
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Amphetamines are largely used by young men and teenaged boys across the Middle East – but the money raised through the sale of all narcotics is not only used to further supply of the illegal drugs trade, but to fund other organized crime and terrorism.
Report said that after completing the seizure operation at the port, coordination took place with the General Directorate for Narcotics and the three recievers of the shipment got arrested.