Saudi customs officers thwart smuggling of 160,000 narcotic pills

Saudi Customs officers display confiscated drugs hidden in a passenger’s luggage. (SPA)
Updated 08 July 2017
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Saudi customs officers thwart smuggling of 160,000 narcotic pills

JEDDAH: Saudi Customs officers have thwarted the attempted smuggling of 160,000 narcotic tablets via Madinah and Yanbu airports.
In Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Madinah, Customs officers thwarted two attempts to smuggle into the Kingdom a total of 143,025 Captagon tablets.
Faisal Al-Dabagh, general director of customs at the airport, said in both attempts, the pills were hidden in the lower part of a candy box in a suitcase.
Customs officers at Prince Abdul Mohsin bin Abdul Aziz Airport in Yanbu governorate stopped the entry of 17,023 tablets found in a suitcase.
Saad Al-Baqmi, general director of Customs at the airport, said the pills were found in a wooden box that was wrapped and covered in cloth.


Saudi, Bahrain classify Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps and Soleimani among terror list

Members of the Iranian revolutionary guard march during a parade to commemorate the anniversary of the Iran-Iraq war (1980-88), in Tehran, in this September 22, 2011 file photo. (REUTERS)
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Saudi, Bahrain classify Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps and Soleimani among terror list

  • The US Department of the Treasury in 2011 alleged that Soleimani, Abdollahi and Shahlai were linked to a plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s former ambassador to the US and current foreign minister of the Kingdom, Adel Al-Jubeir

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday it and Bahrain had added Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and senior officers of its Quds Force to their lists of people and organizations suspected of involvement in terrorism.
The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) quoted a statement from the security services saying Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force, and the force’s Hamed Abdollahi and Abdul Reza Shahlai were named on the list.
The US Department of the Treasury in 2011 alleged that Soleimani, Abdollahi and Shahlai were linked to a plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s former ambassador to the US and current foreign minister of the Kingdom, Adel Al-Jubeir, and imposed sanctions on them.
Saudi Arabia’s State Security Presidency and the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center (TFTC), a US-Gulf initiative to stem finance to militant groups, sanctioned and designated nine individuals associated with the Afghan Taliban and their Iranian facilitators.
The center was established in May 2017 during US President Donald Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia.
This action is the third collective TFTC designation action since the center was launched.
It will result in the freezing of all assets, properties and related revenues of the named individuals in the designating countries and prohibits anyone from engaging in any transactions with them.