RIYADH: Saudi authorities seized a multimillion dollar haul of Captagon tablets and Hashish that were found in two trucks entering the Kingdom on Monday.
The haul included over 293,402 Captagon pills and approximately 77 kgs of Hashish.
Authorities said in the first smuggle attempt, custom officials were able to seize 110,200 Captagon pills and 76.9 kgs of Hashish which were found in a tank of a vehicle entering the borders.
In the second attempt, custom officials seized 183,202 Captagon pills found in various parts of a truck entering the country.
The drugs haul had an estimated street value of approximately between $2.9 million and $7.3 million according to research published in the International Addiction Review Journal, which said users pay in the range of $10-$25 a pill.
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Amphetamines are largely used by young men and teenaged boys across the Middle East, and the money raised through the sale of all narcotics are usually ploughed back into the drug trade although some find their way into organized crime and terrorism.
The Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority said it would continue to monitor imports and exports in the Kingdom, while strictly imposing security to ensure the safety of the community.
The authorities also called on the public to help with the war on drugs to protect the community and the local economy by reporting any violations to the dedicated phone number (1910) or by email (zatca.gov.sa@1910) or through the international number (00966114208417).
Through these channels, the authority can receive any leads on smuggling cases or violations. Any calls or emails remain completely anonymous and if claims are true monetary, prizes are awarded to those who report.