| 26 February 2024, Monday |

Saudi Arabia arrests 61 for attempting to smuggle hashish, khat

The official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Wednesday that Saudi Arabia has foiled drug smuggling operations and arrested 61 people.

Smuggling attempts were made in the Jazan, Najran, and Asir regions.

760 kg of hashish and 45.6 tons of the narcotic plant khat were smuggled by the suspects.

Of the 61 suspects, 41 were Saudi citizens, 11 were Ethiopian, seven were Yemeni and two were Pakistani.

The Kingdom’s authorities have been heavily cracking down on narcotics and smuggling attempts.

In a strong stance against drug use, the Kingdom placed a ban on the import of fruit and vegetables from Lebanon in 2021 after Saudi Arabia’s Customs foiled an attempt to smuggle over five million pills of Captagon.


  • alarabiya