Saudi Arabia’s security agencies arrested 1,628 for drug crimes in the past year

Saudi Arabia’s security agencies arrested 1,628 for drug crimes in the past year. (SPA)
Updated 22 July 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s security agencies arrested 1,628 for drug crimes in the past year

  • 1,024 of those arrested are Saudi nationals and 41 are from different nationalities
  • In cases where the suspects resisted, 33 security personnel were wounded, 10 drug traffickers were killed and 21 wounded

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s security forces announced on Friday that they have arrested a total of 1,628 people from September 2017 to March 2018, as part of efforts to combat the smuggling and peddling of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.
The perpetrators arrested included 1,024 Saudi nationals and 41 individuals from different nationalities for their involvement in crimes of smuggling, possession, couriering and dealing of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.
During the course of their duties, the security forces faced armed resistance from smugglers and dealers in a number of security operations, resulting in injuries to 33 security personnel, in addition to the deaths of 10 and the injury of 21 drug smugglers and traffickers.
The total seized in the security operations of narcotics, psychotropic substances, weapons and cash are as follows:
1. 20,417,349 tablets of amphetamine (Captagon)
2. 18,197 tons of hashish
3: 6.5 kgs of raw heroin
4. Almost 79 kgs of impure heroin
5. Around 2 kgs of cocaine
6.Just over 32 kgs of anesthesia
7. More than 19 kgs of opium
8. 1,962,044 regulated medicinal pills
9. 439 assorted weapons, and 13,086 various live rounds
10. A total of SR 24,746,443 was seized


Prince Sultan visits Russian space agency in Moscow

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Prince Sultan visits Russian space agency in Moscow

MOSCOW: Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Space Commission, visited the headquarters of the Russian space agency Roscosmos on Wednesday, for a working session alongside its director general, Dmitry Olegovich Rogozin.
The two sides discussed areas ripe for collaboration, including possible investments in the space sector as well as joint training programs and shared technological research.
Prince Sultan stressed the importance of the relationship between the two countries, and that it was essential to maintain it for both to progress in the increasingly competitive global space sector. He cited growing investment and cooperation as reasons to be optimistic, and highlighted the work of a joint commission between the two currently developing a Saudi national space strategy.
Rogozin said “Russia considers Saudi Arabia a serious partner, with a great regional and international influence.”
The two nations possess unique heritage in terms of cosmic exploration. Saudi Arabia was the first Arab (and, indeed, the first Muslim) nation to send an astronaut into space — Prince Sultan himself, in 1985. The Soviet Union, meanwhile, which preceded the Russian Federation, was the first nation to send a man into orbit, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin in 1961.