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 ZATCA foils attempt to smuggle over one million narcotic pills concealed in toys and clothes

The Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority (ZATCA) succeeded in thwarting the attempted smuggling of more than 1,100,000 narcotic pills, which were hidden in clothes consignment bound to Jeddah Islamic Port (JIP).

The Authority explained that during the customs procedures performed on the consignment of toys, clothes and miscellaneous goods, the pills were found inside the consignment itself.

ZATCA added that it coordinated with the General Directorate of Narcotics Control in order to ensure the arrest the recipients of the shipments in the Kingdom. Five individuals were arrested.

The five 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.


12 August 2022
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