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

The pills were confiscated in a warehouse after arriving through the dry port of the capital Riyadh, the Saudi interior ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

Eight people were arrested on suspicion of drug smuggling, according to a spokesman for the General Directorate of Narcotics Control (GDNC).

The Saudi GDNC traced the shipment and ransacked the warehouse, arresting six Syrian nationals and two Pakistani nationals on suspicion of drug smuggling.

“The suspects were detained, legal measures were applied to them and they were transferred to the prosecutor’s office,” the report says.

The GDNC did not name the seized drug or where it came from.

Authorities arrested eight people on suspicion of drug smuggling.

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 be predominantly for pills bearing the Captagon logo.”

Captagon was originally a brand name for a drug containing the synthetic stimulant fenetylline. Although it is no longer produced legally, a drug called Captagon is routinely seized in the Middle East, according to the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Addiction.

The counterfeit Captagon pills contain amphetamine as well as other chemicals, according to the UNODC.

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