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.