Saudi border guards foil drug smuggling bids

Saudi border guards had foiled attempts to smuggle large quantities of narcotics, hashish (cannabis), weapons and live ammunition inside the Kingdom in recent weeks. (SPA/File Photo)
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Updated 25 April 2020

Saudi border guards foil drug smuggling bids

  • The attempts were foiled during the first half of this year in several provinces

RIYADH: Saudi border guards had foiled attempts to smuggle large quantities of narcotics, hashish (cannabis), weapons and live ammunition inside the Kingdom, Colonel Ahmed Al-Towayan, the director of relations and media at the Ministry of Interior’s Agency for Security Affairs reported.

The attempts were foiled during the first half of this year across the provinces of Jizan, Najran, and Asir.

The haul included a total of 74 tons of the illicit intoxicating qat, 177 kilograms of hashish, 9,357 banned pills, 239 weapons of various types, and 3,362 live ammunition rounds.

Al-Towayan noted that some 2,307 people were arrested for involvement in the aborted attempts, in addition to SR2,839,955 ($754,654) and 2,268 vehicles being impounded. Authorities also arrested 11,967 people for violating residency, work and border security systems.


Inaugural Global AI Summit opens virtually

Updated 16 min 59 sec ago

Inaugural Global AI Summit opens virtually

  • World’s leading CEOs, innovators and policymakers to attend virtual event

DUBAI: The inaugural Global AI Summit, which bills itself as the premier platform for dialogue on artificial intelligence, opens virtually on Wednesday and brings together stakeholders from the world of academia, government and the private sector during the two-day event.

The Global AI Summit, organized by the Saudi Data & AI Authority (SDAIA) and G20 Saudi Secretariat honoring Saudi Arabia’s presidency of the international forum, will explore artificial intelligence’s role in the new global era and how its transformational potential can be deployed “to create a better future for all.”

The two-day virtual event will particularly tackle what artificial intelligence “means for policy and decision makers interested in leveraging the potential, for the good of humanity.”

Among the world’s leading CEOs, innovators and policymakers who will be at the event are: Abdullah Al-Swaha, Saudi Arabia’s minister of communications and information technology; Omar Sultan Al-Olama, the UAE minister of state for artificial intelligence; Masayoshi Son, the founder and CEO of SoftBank Group Corp; and Houlin Zhao, the secretary-general of the International Telecommunication Union.