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SAUDI ARABIA MAKES LARGEST EVER DRUG BUST

By Alfa, Apr 14, 2004 | | |
  1. Alfa
    SAUDI ARABIA MAKES LARGEST EVER DRUG BUST OF FIVE TONS OF HASHISH

    RIYADH - Saudi security forces made the kingdom's largest ever drug bust,
    foiling a bid to smuggle in more than five tons of hashish, a newspaper
    reported Tuesday, citing drug enforcement agency officials.

    "The Drug Combating Department in the Riyadh region, in cooperation with
    the customs at the dry port in Riyadh, foiled an attempt to smuggle 5,200
    kilograms (11,464 pounds) of hashish into the kingdom," on Monday, Arab
    News quoted the departments director as saying.

    Eight suspects, "seven from an east Asian country and one Arab," were
    arrested as they attempted to receive the cargo at a warehouse, said Major
    General Othman al-Assaf.

    Another three suspected of taking part in the operation were arrested
    later, he added.

    "The drug consignment contained 5,291 kilograms of hashish, which is the
    largest quantity of drugs ever seized in the history of the kingdom of
    Saudi Arabia," the official said.

    Saudi Arabia applies a strict form of sharia, or Islamic law, and convicted
    drug traffickers can face beheading.

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    500 KG DRUGS SEIZED IN BAHRAIN

    From a correspondent

    MANAMA - The Bahrain Coast Guard seized more than 500kg of hashish and
    arrested two Bahrainis on Friday in the second large drug bust in three
    days. The two were arrested at sea on a boat heading to eastern Saudi
    Arabia as they attempted to smuggle the drug to a Saudi dealer.

    The boat was stopped after leaving the coast of Budaiya and the Coast Guard
    confiscated seven large bags where the drugs were hidden.

    Sources said that the drugs were believed to have arrived into Bahrain from
    a neighbouring country.

    The Public Prosecutor office issued a warrant for a Saudi suspect who had
    agreed on a deal with the two Bahrainis to smuggle the drugs into Saudi
    Arabia in exchange for money. This was the second large seizure of hashish
    in Bahrain after Coast Guard officials seized about 130kg heading to Saudi
    Arabia on Wednesday. Three Bahrainis were arrested in that operation and
    the authorities were able to retrieve three of six barrels containing the
    drugs that had been dumped into the sea after a Bahraini helicopter
    cornered the suspects off the coast of Dammam.
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