Border police took the pills in the luggage of two people as they were on their way to Mecca. Photo: AFP
Saudi border authorities reported on Friday that it had seized more than 140,000 pills of the synthetic stimulant “captagon” to two travelers who had crossed from Jordan and were preparing to perform Umrah, or the minor pilgrimage, to Mecca.
“The Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority of Al Haditha Pass has succeeded in an attempt to smuggle more than 141,000 captagon pills found hidden in the luggage of two travelers who went to the kingdom for the purpose of Umrah,” according to the official Umrah agency. Saudi news. SPA.
The source explained that they took this synthetic stimulant mix amphetamine and caffeine in the suitcases of two travelers on the bus.
The Kaaba, the building in the heart of the Great Mosque of Mecca. Photo: AP
Hundreds of thousands of pills were found in “plastic gallons containing olive oil and ornamentally hidden,” according to the SPA, which did not elaborate.
I know nor is the fate of the two travelers known seeking to introduce medicine to Mecca, whose nationalities were also not declared.
“Authorities have confirmed that the smugglers are seeking to exploit everything possible to smuggle drugs into the kingdom and take advantage of these days of the Umrah season,” according to the agency.
Saudi Arabia has tightened measures against some countries where this drug is believed to be produced, such as Lebanon and Syria.
Last year, the kingdom suspended the importation of fruits and vegetables from Lebanon after thwarting an attempted smuggling of five million “captagon” pills.
According to the SPA, fruits and vegetables are the commodities most often used for drug trafficking.