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 ZATCA foils five attempts to smuggle over 1.4 million Captagon pills at Haditha Port

At Al Haditha port, The Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority (ZATCA) succeeded in thwarting five attempts to smuggle 1,491,859 million Captagon pills, hidden in trucks and vehicles coming to the Kingdom through the port.

ZATCA stated that the Captagon pills were seized following inspection by customs through security technologies as well as K-9 units (police dogs). The illegal pills were concealed in different manners as the first foiled attempt revealed 774,418 pills hidden in a niche in the floor and in the fuel tank of a vehicle. Al Haditha Port was also able to abort a second smuggling attempt that involved 272,093 pills found hidden in different places of one of the trucks coming to the Kingdom through the port. In the same way, a third attempt was foiled in which 269,767 Captagon pills were intended to enter through another truck.

A fourth attempt through which 134,884 pills hidden inside the floor of a truck coming to the Kingdom was foiled at Al Haditha port as well. The port also was able to thwart a fifth attempt to smuggle 40,697 pills after they were found hidden in the transmission cooling device of a truck.

After the Captagon pills were seized, the two contraband recipient inside the Kingdom were arrested in collaboration with the General Directorate of Narcotics Control (GDNC), added ZATCA.

ZATCA spares no effort to tighten its grip over the Kingdom's imports and exports. The Authority vows to ever be vigilant against any smuggling attempts in order to realize its goal for 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 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.​

04 February 2022
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