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 ZATCA foils four attempts to smuggle over 1.1 million Captagon pills at Duba Port

The Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority (ZATCA) succeeded in foiling four attempts to smuggle 1,109,393 million Captagon pills hidden in incoming consignments 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.


The Authority stated that, in the first foiled attempt, 95,782 pills were found hidden in different places of a truck, while, at the second foiled attempt, 382,218 pills were found hidden in a niche in the floor of a truck coming to the Kingdom through the port.

The Authority also added that the third attempt through which 51,761 were found hidden inside a consignment of wooden tables was foiled. In addition, ZATCA was also able to foil a fourth attempt through which 579,632 pills were found hidden in the spare tires of a truck.

After the Captagon pills were seized, the four 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.


25 February 2022
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