Bukhari: The drugs smuggled from Lebanon to Saudi Arabia are sufficient to drown the Arab world
Sunday – 13 Ramadan 1442 AH – April 25, 2021 AD
A Saudi customs official opens boxes of pomegranates coming from Lebanon in which Captagon pills were found (SPA)
Riyadh: «Middle East Online»
Ambassador Bukhari said on Twitter: “The quantities that are being thwarted are sufficient to drown the entire Arab world with drugs and psychotropic substances, not only Saudi Arabia.”
He added, “The total number of narcotic substances and psychotropic substances seized from Lebanon by drug traffickers has reached more than 600 million narcotic pills and hundreds of kilograms of hashish during the past six years.”
Saudi Arabia started this morning, preventing the entry or transit of Lebanese vegetables and fruits from its lands, after the recent thwarted the smuggling of more than two million narcotic tablets hidden in shipments of these agricultural products.
Saudi Arabia explained in a statement Friday that the concerned authorities noticed the increasing targeting of the Kingdom by drug smugglers originating in Lebanon or passing through Lebanese territory, and the use of Lebanese products to smuggle drugs into the Kingdom’s territory, either through the incoming dispatches to its markets or with the intent to cross into neighboring countries, noting that The Lebanese authorities have not taken measures to stop these practices, despite numerous attempts to urge them to do so.
Saudi Arabia’s decision, which came to protect the Kingdom’s citizens and residents on its territory, will apply until the Lebanese authorities provide adequate and reliable guarantees and take the necessary measures to stop smuggling operations against the Kingdom.
According to the statement, the Saudi Ministry of Interior, in conjunction with the concerned authorities, will continue monitoring other dispatches coming from Lebanon to consider the need to take similar measures.
Saudi Ministry of Interior