The Saudi Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority announced that it had thwarted an attempt to smuggle 2,144,180 Captagon pills at the Haditha port in the north of the Kingdom.
The contraband was found hidden inside a consignment received through the port.
The authority said in a statement to “Al Arabiya.net”, that “the consignment was received through cartons of “tomato paste”, carried on one of the trucks.
Captagon pills were found artificially hidden inside the lids of “tomato paste” cans, where the lids were hollowed out for smuggling and put the pills inside.
The authority has confirmed that its land, sea, and air outlets stand in the way of these attempts, which come within the framework of organized campaigns targeting the security and safety of society in Saudi Arabia.
It added that “the smugglers are seeking to exploit the days of the seasons and food consignments to try to smuggle contraband.”
It stressed that it always seeks to “tighten customs control over the Kingdom’s imports by using the latest security technologies.”
It is noteworthy that in late June, the authority was able to thwart any attempt to smuggle a large quantity of Captagon pills (more than 4.5 million pills), which were found hidden in a consignment of “oranges” received through Jeddah Islamic Port.