The Saudi Ministry of Interior stated that it had stopped the smuggling of approximately half a million amphetamine tablets into the Kingdom, accusing the Lebanese “Hezbollah” of being responsible.
According to the official SPA news agency, the Saudi Ministry of Interior’s security spokesman, Colonel Talal Al-Shalhoub, said on Wednesday: “The proactive security follow-up to the activities of criminal networks that smuggle drugs into the Kingdom resulted in thwarting an attempt by one of the drug production and smuggling networks linked to the Lebanese terrorist organization Hezbollah to smuggle drugs into the Kingdom.”
451807 Amphetamine pills to the Kingdom, disguised inside mechanical equipment, sent by sea from Lebanon to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, where they were intercepted in collaboration with equivalent authorities in Nigeria before being transferred to another country and delivered.
“The Kingdom continues to follow up criminal activities targeting the security of the Kingdom and its youth with drugs, confront and thwart them, and arrest those involved,” the security spokesman said, noting “the positive cooperation of counterparts in the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the follow-up and end the smuggle of narcotic substances.”
Saudi Arabia has accused Hezbollah, which it considers a terrorist group, of smuggling narcotics into the country on many occasions.
Saudi Arabia has decided to restrict the entry and transit of Lebanese vegetables and fruits into the country until the appropriate Lebanese authorities offer sufficient and trustworthy assurances that they would take the required steps to stop the systematic drug smuggling activities.