Saudi, UAE agents bust heroin network, arrest two truck drivers

Officers found 5kg of the drug hidden in the roof of a truck on its way to the Saudi capital while 2kg of herraw heroin was seized from another truck.

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Published: Mon 19 Jan 2015, 10:30 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 10:06 PM

Saudi and UAE security agents have disrupted a heroin trafficking network, seizing large amounts of the drug and arresting two Pakistani nationals, Riyadh’s interior ministry said on Sunday.

The gang specialised “in the smuggling of raw heroin from the UAE to the kingdom,” the ministry said in a statement published by the Saudi Press Agency.

Officers found 5kg of the drug hidden in the roof of a truck on its way to the Saudi capital, the ministry said.

The Pakistani truck driver was arrested.

“In light of cooperation from our UAE counterparts following this network, the smuggling of a second similar shipment was thwarted,” the ministry added.

Another 2kg of heroin was found hidden in a truck which was crossing the border, and a second Pakistani driver was arrested, it said.

Saudi Arabia seized around 18 kilogrammes of the drug in the Islamic calendar year that ended in October, according to ministry figures.

Drug trafficking is among the crimes punishable by death under Saudi Arabia’s law.

Between mid-October and December 31 last year Saudi Arabia executed 13 Pakistanis for drug smuggling.



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