Saudi customs bust drug smugglers with haul of 1.3m pills

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Some of the Captagon pills that were seized. (SPA)
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Updated 12 January 2018
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Saudi customs bust drug smugglers with haul of 1.3m pills

LONDON: Saudi customs authorities have foiled four attempts to smuggle Captagon pills into the Kingdom, SPA reported.
A total of 1,325,433 pills made of the amphetamine-based drug were recovered from four vehicles at the Al-Haditha crossing near the border with Jordan, it was reported.
The discovery of the pills comes after Khalid bin Ali bin Farraj Al-Omrani, a Saudi national, was executed in the Tabuk region on Wednesday for smuggling prohibited amphetamine pills.
The Ministry of Interior has said the security services are capable of deterring continued attempts to smuggle narcotics into the Kingdom.
It has warned that anyone who tries to commit such actions would be punished according to Shariah law.


Media spotlight falls on Saudi Arabia’s most historic sites

Updated 17 December 2018
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Media spotlight falls on Saudi Arabia’s most historic sites

  • Journalists were taken on a cultural and heritage tour of key locations aimed at showcasing the Najd region of the Kingdom as a top visitor destination
  • The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) organized the trip, concentrated around the old towns of Shaqra and Ushaiger

RIYADH: Some of Saudi Arabia’s most historic sites on Sunday went under the media spotlight as part of a drive to boost tourism.
Journalists were taken on a cultural and heritage tour of key locations aimed at showcasing the Najd region of the Kingdom as a top visitor destination.
The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) organized the trip, concentrated around the old towns of Shaqra and Ushaiger, to coincide with the Colors of Saudi Arabia forum that aims to strengthen national tourism.
Places visited by the group of journalists and writers included Al-Halawa Museum Market, Al-Subaie House, the Husseini Mosque, the House of Mashreq and the heritage village of Ishiqar. They also went to a desert camp, watched cultural shows and ate locally produced cuisine.
Abdulrahman Al-Manee, whose Al-Halawa Museum Market shop was visited by the group, told Arab News: “Collecting antiques and cultural pieces has been my hobby for more than 50 years.”
He graduated from the fine arts school at King Saud University, and has a website where he sells his products throughout the Kingdom and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.
The SCTH presented a workshop for media professionals during the tour. Majid Al-Hasna, director of media relations at the SCTH, said it is keen to organize more trips for journalists to the Kingdom’s archaeological, historical, heritage and tourism sites.