The Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority (ZATCA) succeeded in thwarting the attempted smuggling of more than 141,000 Captagon pills, which were hidden in the luggage of two travelers entering the Kingdom to perform Umrah.
The Authority explained that during the customs procedures performed on the passengers of a bus arriving in the Kingdom through Al Hadithah Port, nearly 141,831 Captagon pills were found in the luggage of two passengers placed inside plastic jugs containing olive oil, where the pills were technically concealed inside the jugs.
ZATCA stated that smugglers would exploit all means to allow the entry for such illicit substances into the Kingdom. The authority also lamented that smugglers may exploit such days of Umrah season. Despite their best efforts, the Authority would not budge from protecting its land, sea, and air customs ports. It further affirmed its pursue to join forces with the GDNC to combat drug smuggling in all its forms and types, strengthening the security and protecting society against these harmful substances and other contraband.
At the same time, the Authority has called on everyone to contribute to combating smuggling and protecting the society and national economy by reaching out to the Authority's number designated for security reports (1910), via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or by the international number (00966114208417). The Authority, through these channels, receives and follows up reports related to smuggling crimes and violations of the Common Customs Law at strict confidence, with a financial reward given to the whistleblower if the reported information is proven correct.