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Saudi Arabia Authorities Seize 5 Million Amphetamine Tablets, Arrest 11 People

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on  December 28, 2015 at 7:17 PM Alcohol & Drug Abuse News   - G J E 4
Authorities in Saudi Arabia have seized more than five million amphetamine tablets and arrested 11 people in one of the kingdom's largest drug busts.
 Saudi Arabia Authorities Seize 5 Million Amphetamine Tablets, Arrest 11 People
Saudi Arabia Authorities Seize 5 Million Amphetamine Tablets, Arrest 11 People
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The suspects - nine Saudis and two Sudanese citizens - were arrested in Riyadh as an illegal deal was being completed, reported an interior ministry spokesman. He said, "Three grams of heroin, a machine gun and a pistol were also seized from the suspects."

‘Drug smuggling appears to be on the rise in the ultra-conservative Muslim nation of Saudi Arabia. Authorities have seized three grams of heroin, a machine gun and a pistol from the suspects of the kingdom's largest drug busts.’
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Drug smuggling appears to be on the rise in the ultra-conservative Muslim country despite a crackdown by the authorities.

The interior ministry announced in November 2015 that it had seized a total of 22.4 million amphetamine tablets, 28.8 tons of cannabis and 26.2 kilograms of heroin in the last Islamic calendar year, which ends in mid-October.

Drug smuggling is punishable by death in the kingdom, which is governed according to a strict interpretation of Islamic law.

Source: AFP
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