The Saudi Arabian authorities have intercepted a large drug shipment coming to Saudi Arabia from Lebanon.
A spokesperson for the General Directorate of Narcotics Control in Saudi Arabia announced on Friday that an attempt to smuggle 2,466,563 amphetamine pills had been thwarted.
The pills were concealed in a shipment of pomegranates coming from Lebanon.
The spokesperson, Captain Muhammad Al-Najidi, said the interception of the shipment was the result of “the proactive security follow-up of the activities of the criminal networks that are involved in smuggling narcotics into the Kingdom.”
He added that the shipment was monitored and stopped in coordination with the Saudi Arabian customs authority, at the King Abdul Aziz Seaport in the eastern city of Dammam.
“The persons involved in the attempt to smuggle it were arrested in the Hafar Al-Batin governorate, and they are 5 accused, including 4 citizens and a displaced person,” Al-Najidi said.
The detained individuals have been referred to the judiciary after the initial statutory measures were taken against them. Their identities remain at the discretion of the Saudi authorities.