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| 21 July, 2018

Saudi Arabia's security agencies arrested 1,628 for drug crimes in the past year

1,024 of those arrested are Saudi nationals and 41 are from different nationalities

Image used for illustrative purpose. Members of the Saudi police force showcase their skills during their graduation ceremony at Public Security Training City in Mecca March 3, 2012. Image used for illustrative purpose.

Image used for illustrative purpose. Members of the Saudi police force showcase their skills during their graduation ceremony at Public Security Training City in Mecca March 3, 2012. Image used for illustrative purpose.

REUTERS/Hassan Ali

JEDDAH - Saudi Arabia’s security forces announced on Friday that they have arrested a total of 1,628 people from Sept. 2018 to Mar. 2019, as part of efforts to combat the smuggling and peddling of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.

The perpetrators arrested included 1,024 Saudi nationals and 41 individuals from different nationalities for their involvement in crimes of smuggling, possession, couriering and dealing of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.

During the course of their duties, the security forces faced armed resistance from smugglers and dealers in a number of security operations, resulting in injuries to 33 security personnel, in addition to the deaths of 10 and the injury of 21 drug smugglers and traffickers.

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The total seized in the security operations of narcotics, psychotropic substances, weapons and cash are as follows:
1. 20,417,349 tablets of amphetamine (Captagon)
2. 18,197 tons of hashish
3: 6.5 kgs of raw heroin
4. Almost 79 kgs of impure heroin
5. Around 2 kgs of cocaine
6.Just over 32 kgs of anesthesia
7. More than 19 kgs of opium
8. 1,962,044 regulated medicinal pills
9. 439 assorted weapons, and 13,086 various live rounds
10. A total of SR 24,746,443 was seized

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