Saudi authorities seize multimillion-dollar drug haul

Saudi authorities seize multimillion-dollar drug haul
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The 416,250 Captagon pills were hidden in a curtrain shipment that arrived in Jeddah Islamic Port. (SPA)
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ZATCA said it was tightening customs control over the Kingdom’s imports and exports in coordination with the General Directorate of Narcotics Control. (SPA)
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Updated 24 November 2023
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Saudi authorities seize multimillion-dollar drug haul

Saudi authorities seize multimillion-dollar drug haul
  • The pills were seized at Jeddah Islamic Port

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority thwarted an attempt to smuggle 416,250 Captagon pills hidden in a curtain shipment.

The pills were seized at Jeddah Islamic Port, the Saudi News Agency reported.

 

 

The drug haul had an estimated street value of between $4 million and $10.4 million, according to research published in the International Addiction Review-Journal, based on the assumption that users pay between $10 and $25 per pill.

ZATCA said it was tightening customs control over the Kingdom’s imports and exports in coordination with the General Directorate of Narcotics Control, as authorities continue cracking down on drug smuggling operations.

Amphetamines are largely used by young men and teenage boys across the Middle East, and the money raised through the sale of all drugs often goes into funding organized crime and terrorism.

The Saudi government has urged anyone with information related to suspected smuggling operations or customs violations to call the confidential hotline 1910, the international number 00 966 114208417, or to email [email protected].

Tip-offs are treated with confidentiality, and financial rewards are offered if the information provided is correct.


OIC, Sri Lanka officials discuss cooperation, Palestine

OIC, Sri Lanka officials discuss cooperation, Palestine
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OIC, Sri Lanka officials discuss cooperation, Palestine

OIC, Sri Lanka officials discuss cooperation, Palestine

JEDDAH: Hussein Ibrahim Taha, secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, met on Monday with Ali Sabry, Sri Lanka’s foreign minister, in Jeddah to discuss cooperation and address shared concerns.

Sabry highlighted Sri Lanka’s initiatives aimed at enhancing the well-being of its Muslim community. He reiterated Sri Lanka’s stance on the Palestinian cause, affirming support for the two-state solution.

Taha discussed the OIC’s role in advancing the welfare of Muslim communities worldwide and commended Sri Lanka’s government for supporting Muslims and the Palestinians.


Saudi, Yemeni attorneys general sign MoU to enhance judicial cooperation

Saudi, Yemeni attorneys general sign MoU to enhance judicial cooperation
Updated 05 March 2024
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Saudi, Yemeni attorneys general sign MoU to enhance judicial cooperation

Saudi, Yemeni attorneys general sign MoU to enhance judicial cooperation

RIYADH: Attorney General Saud bin Abdullah Al-Mujab welcomed his Yemeni counterpart, Judge Qaher Mustafa Ali, before the two signed a Memorandum of Understanding to bolster judicial cooperation between their countries.

The signing, at the Public Prosecution headquarters in Riyadh on Monday, affirmed a joint Saudi-Yemeni commitment to justice and crime prevention.

During the meeting, Al-Mujab discussed the longstanding ties between the two countries. He underlined the Saudi leadership’s dedication to strengthening judicial collaboration, aiming to bolster Yemen’s security and stability.

The attorneys general talked about opportunities for cooperation across various legal domains, with an emphasis on criminal law. They also explored avenues for sharing expertise and adopting modern judicial practices to advance their mutual objectives.


Saudi Arabia launches project to help citizens find jobs in top global organizations

Saudi Arabia launches project to help citizens find jobs in top global organizations
Updated 05 March 2024
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Saudi Arabia launches project to help citizens find jobs in top global organizations

Saudi Arabia launches project to help citizens find jobs in top global organizations

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched a recruitment platform aimed at helping citizens find jobs in top organizations worldwide.

 

The Dawli platform was launched on Monday during the LEAP 2024 technology conference in Riyadh, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

 

Announcing the platform, government official Abdulhadi Al-Mansouri said the aim was to ensure citizens gain international experience.

 

Al-Mansouri thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for initiating and supporting the project.


Saudi Interior Minister meets with Korean Minister of Interior and Safety

Saudi Interior Minister meets with Korean Minister of Interior and Safety
Updated 05 March 2024
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Saudi Interior Minister meets with Korean Minister of Interior and Safety

Saudi Interior Minister meets with Korean Minister of Interior and Safety

RIYADH: Saudi Minister of Interior Abdulaziz bin Abdulaziz received the Korean Minister of Interior and Safety Lee Sang-min in Riyadh on Monday.

The ministers discussed ways to enhance existing security cooperation between the nations, in addition to addressing a number of issues of common interest.


Saudi Shura Council Foreign Affairs Committee meets with British politicians

Saudi Shura Council Foreign Affairs Committee meets with British politicians
Updated 05 March 2024
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Saudi Shura Council Foreign Affairs Committee meets with British politicians

Saudi Shura Council Foreign Affairs Committee meets with British politicians

RIYADH: Shura Council's Foreign Affairs Committee met with a delegation from the Foreign Affairs Select Committee at the United Kingdom (UK) Parliament in Riyadh on Monday.

The committee was chaired by council member Wael Al-Idrisi and the British delegation was headed by select committee chairman Alicia Kearns.

During the meeting, Al-Idrisi reviewed the historical relations between the Kingdom and the UK and stressed the importance of strengthening relations in all fields to achieve common interests.