2 Egyptians arrested trying to smuggle drugs using jet skis in Tabuk

2 Egyptians arrested trying to smuggle drugs using jet skis in Tabuk
Narcotic pills and containers seized from two Egyptian smugglers are displayed at Saudi Border Guards quarters in Tabuk on Wednesday. (SPA photos)
Updated 11 May 2017

2 Egyptians arrested trying to smuggle drugs using jet skis in Tabuk

2 Egyptians arrested trying to smuggle drugs using jet skis in Tabuk

JEDDAH: Saudi Border Guards on Wednesday arrested two Egyptians as they tried to smuggle narcotic drugs into the Kingdom on board a jet ski.
Colonel Saher bin Mohammad Al-Harbi, spokesman for the Border Guards, said the smugglers were spotted though the electronic monitoring systems entering the Kingdom’s waters near Al-Bada in the northwestern region of Tabuk.
Marine patrols then intercepted the riders and arrested them after finding in their possession over 700,000 amphetamine pills in three plastic containers and a bag.
The campaign against drug trafficking remains a big challenge for Saudi authorities despite the relentless crackdown that has led to the arrest of 1,628 suspects in the last six months in drug-related cases.
During that period, a total of 21,429,859 Captagon pills, 19,612 kilos of hashish, 12,933 kilograms of pure heroin, and 218.948 kilograms of cocaine were seized in various locations in the Kingdom, a recent report by the Ministry of Interior said.
Of the 1,628 arrested suspects, 589 were Saudis and 1,039 were from 41 different countries.
Sixteen police officers were injured and five suspects were killed and 14 were wounded in the confrontations and raids conducted to foil the drug smuggling attempts or to make arrests.