Saudi Border Guards foil attempt to smuggle drugs by boat

Millions of tablet were seized by authorities. (Saudi Border Guards photo)
Updated 24 April 2018

Saudi Border Guards foil attempt to smuggle drugs by boat

  • Border guards seized 2,851,500 amphetamines tablets and 1.5 kilos of opium
  • Suspects have been handed over to relevant authorities for further action: border guard spokesman

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Border Guards foiled an attempt to smuggle a massive drugs haul into the northwestern province of Tabuk on Sunday.

Border guards found 2,851,500 amphetamines tablets and 1.5 kilos of opium on a boat being used to cross to the maritime borders of Tabuk, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Two Egyptian nationals on board the boat were arrested, while two Saudi nationals who were receiving the narcotics were also held.

The Border Guards’ spokesman, Col. Saher bin Mohammed Al-Harbi, said the suspects have been handed over to relevant authorities for further action.

Last month, the German Federal Police organized training for 11 Saudi women working at the General Directorate of Border Guards.

Al-Harbi said development and training of women in the Border Guards was part of a global skills program. 

“The program represented an important step by training technical personnel to perform their duties effectively,” he said.

Al-Harbi said the training sessions respected the morals of the Islamic religion regarding privacy and protection of women.

The Border Guards training program has the support of Crown Prince Mohammed bin, the spokesman said. 


From Bryan Adams to Dimitri Vegas, Saudi international unveils stellar lineup of performers

Bryan Adams will entertain the audience on Jan. 31. (File/AFP)
Updated 17 min 41 sec ago

From Bryan Adams to Dimitri Vegas, Saudi international unveils stellar lineup of performers

DUBAI: Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams, Belgian born DJ duo Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Grammy Award–winning DJ Zedd are all set to perform at the Saudi International golf tournament in King Abdullah Economic City.

DJ duo Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike will take to the stage at the KAEC Outdoor venue in King Abdullah Economic City, bringing a catalogue of their hits including “Higher Place,” “Tremor” and “Mammoth.”

Meanwhile, Bryan Adams will entertain the audience on Jan. 31 as he takes fans on a journey through his biggest hits, including “Run to You,” “Summer of 69” and “I Do It For You.”

Record producer Zedd will join the stellar line up to play some of his biggest hits including “Clarity”, “I Want You To Know” and “Stay The Night” while everybody’s favorite flamenco band, the Gipsy Kings, will be the first on stage to perform some of their most iconic hits, including “Bamboleo” and Volare.

Completing the lineup is Puerto Rican music sensation Luis Fonsi, who will make his Saudi debut to perform his infections reggaeton hits including the global hit “Despasito,” which is the most-watched YouTube video of all time.