Authorities in Saudi Arabia have seized 47 million amphetamine pills hidden in a large shipment of flour. The pills were found in a warehouse, via the port of the capital Riyadh, the Saudi interior ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.
Eight people have been arrested on suspicion of smuggling the drugs, said a spokesman for the Directorate-General for Narcotics Control (GDNC). The ministry said the seizure was the largest ever.
Saudi's GDNC tracked the shipment and raided the warehouse and arrested six Syrian and two Pakistani nationals on suspicion of smuggling the drugs. "The suspects were arrested and referred to the prosecution," the statement said.
Amphetamine in Captagon Tablets
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) previously said that the amphetamines in the Middle East are often packaged as Captagon. Captagon was originally the brand name for a drug containing the synthetic stimulant phenethylline. Although it is no longer legally produced, drugs called Captagon are regularly seized in the Middle East, according to the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction. The counterfeit Captagon tablets contain amphetamine and other chemicals, according to the UNODC.
Source: edition.cnn.com (EN)