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Saudi Arabia seizes record 47 million amphetamine tablets hidden in flour shipment

By Mostafa Salem, CNN

Saudi authorities have confiscated 47 million amphetamine tablets that were hidden in a shipment of flour, in an operation described as the largest drug smuggling attempt in terms of seized narcotics.

The pills were confiscated from a warehouse after arriving through the dry port in the capital Riyadh, the Saudi Interior Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

Eight people suspected of drug trafficking have been arrested, according to a spokesperson for the General Directorate of Narcotics Control (GDNC).

The Saudi GDNC followed the shipment and raided the warehouse, arresting six Syrian nationals and two Pakistani nationals on suspicion of drug trafficking.

“The suspects have been arrested and faced legal action and have been referred to the prosecution,” the statement said.

The GDNC did not name the drug seized or its origin.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has previously stated that “reports of amphetamine seizures from countries in the Middle East continue to refer primarily to tablets bearing the Captagon logo”.

Captagon was originally the brand name for a drug containing the synthetic stimulant fenethylline. Although it is no longer produced legally, drugs bearing the name Captagon are regularly seized in the Middle East, according to the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction.

Counterfeit Captagon tablets contain amphetamine as well as other chemicals, according to UNODC.

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