Saudi Border Guards thwart attempts to smuggle cannabis

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Aside from protecting the Kingdom against illegal migrants and armed intruders, Saudi Border Guards also guard against drug traffickers. (SPA)
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Aside from protecting the Kingdom against illegal migrants and armed intruders, Saudi Border Guards also guard against drug traffickers. (SPA)
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Aside from protecting the Kingdom against illegal migrants and armed intruders, Saudi Border Guards also guard against drug traffickers. (SPA)
Updated 07 July 2019

Saudi Border Guards thwart attempts to smuggle cannabis

  • A total of 1,273 kilograms of cannabis had been confiscated between June 5 and July 5, 2019

JEDDAH: The Border Guards in the southern Saudi regions of Jazan, Najran and Asir foiled numerous cannabis smuggling attempts in June.

This comes within the extensive work done by the Border Guards foiling attempts to smuggle drugs in all its forms and protecting the youth of the Kingdom from their dangers.

Border Guards spokesman Lt. Col. Misfer bin Ghannam Al-Quraini said that in total, 1,273 kilograms of cannabis had been confiscated between June 5 and July 5.

He added that 48 people of different nationalities were arrested, with 28 Ethiopians, 15 Yemenis, three Somalis and two Saudi citizens detained.

The arrests were made after the suspects were caught crossing the Kingdom’s southern border. Al-Quraini said.

“The suspects, along with the drugs seized, were referred to the competent authorities to carry on with the necessary procedures,” he said.

“The Border Guards are determined to protect the Kingdom’s borders from all those targeting its security, stability and capability. They are ready to thwart any smuggling and infiltration attempts and enforce the laws in the face of those who violate them,” he said. 

 

 


Saudi Arabia registers 35 new coronavirus deaths

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Saudi Arabia registers 35 new coronavirus deaths

  • The Kingdom recorded 1,342 new infected COVID-19 cases

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced 35 more deaths from COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the total number of deaths to 2,984.
The Ministry of Health also said that it has registered 1,342 new infected cases, now totalling 281,435 cases in the Kingdom.
The areas most affected were Jeddah with 97 new cases, followed by Makkah with 56 cases and then Madinah with 53 new infections.
The ministry also said that 1,635 patients have recovered from the coronavirus disease, bringing number of recovered cases to 243,688.
The Kingdom has just completed the annual Hajj season, under strict precautionary measures, and pilgrims who took part in this year’s pilgrimage must continue to wear electronic tags so authorities can track their 14-day quarantine once they return home.
So far, over 18 million people have been affected by the disease worldwide and it has killed almost 700,000 people.