Saudi Arabia:

Authorities foil attempt to smuggle over captagon pills in fake tomatoes and pomegranates

Authorities in Saudi Arabia foiled an attempt to smuggle over 2,015,116 captagon pills hidden in containers shaped like tomatoes and pomegranates. The Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority (ZATCA) seized the drugs from a truck at the al-Haditha border crossing.

The drugs are known to come from Syria, transiting through Lebanon in cargo such as fruit and vegetables. The vast majority of captagon, which derives its name from a once legal drug against narcolepsy, is produced in Syria and Lebanon.

In a major stance against drug use, the Saudis placed a ban on the import of fruit and vegetables from Lebanon in 2021 after Saudi authorities thwarted an attempt to smuggle over five million pills of captagon stuffed inside pomegranates shipped from Lebanon.


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