Saudi Arabia foils smuggling attempt of captagon pills in oranges


Published: 2021-06-30 20:31

Last Updated: 2024-05-18 08:54

Credit: Alarabiya
Credit: Alarabiya

Wednesday, Saudi Arabia foiled an attempt to smuggle more than 4.5 million captagon pills hidden in oranges, according to the Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority in the Kingdom.

The General Directorate of Narcotics Control seized the shipment in the Jeddah Islamic Port during routine security checks.

Local authorities also arrested those who were meant to receive the shipment inside Saudi Arabia.

The statement did not disclose the country of origin. However, Saudi Arabia had previously banned importing fresh produce from Lebanon in April, due to the rising number of attempts to smuggle narcotic substances from Lebanon.

Saturday, Saudi Arabia announced that 14.4 million amphetamine pills were seized from Lebanon hidden in a shipment of iron plates. Additionally, 5.3 million pills were seized after being discovered in a shipment of pomegranate from Lebanon in April.