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 ZATCA Thwarts Two Attempts for Smuggling +27 Kg of Shabu and 17K Illicit Pills

The Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority (ZATCA) has successfully thwarted two attempts for smuggling over 27 kg of Shabu and 17,000 illicit pills concealed inside two trucks coming to the Kingdom through Al-Batha Port.

ZATCA reported that during a routine inspection of a truck entering the port using security measures and K-9 units, they discovered a quantity of Shabu hidden inside the fire extinguisher. Another attempt to smuggle 17,000 pills concealed in different parts of a truck coming to the Kingdom through the port was also thwarted.

Following the completion of the seizure operation, the recipient was apprehended in the Kingdom in coordination with the General Directorate of Narcotics Control (GDNC), according to ZATCA.

ZATCA spares no effort to tighten its grip over the Kingdom's imports and exports. The Authority vows to be vigilant against any smuggling attempts in order to realize its goal of strengthening security and protecting society against these harmful substances and other contraband. ZATCA also affirmed its pursuit to join forces with the GDNC to contribute to the effectiveness of the methodology used between the two sides, for the purpose of combating drug smuggling in all its forms and types.

At the same time, the Authority has called on everyone to contribute to combating smuggling and protecting society and the national economy by reaching out to the Authority's number designated for security reports (1910), via e-mail at, or by the international number (00966114208417). Through these channels, the Authority receives and follows up on reports related to smuggling crimes and violations of the Common Customs Law in strict confidence, with a financial reward given to the whistleblower if the reported information is proven correct.

17 February 2023
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Last Update: 26 Mar 2023 02:05 PM Saudi Arabia Time