Jeddah: ZATCA, the Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority, has announced that it had prevented an attempt to smuggle Captagon pills hidden within a consignment found at the Jeddah Islamic Port on Friday.
Captagon, first manufactured in 1961 as an alternative to amphetamine and methamphetamine. It was used at the time to treat narcolepsy, fatigue, and other behavioral disorder like “minimal brain dysfunction.”
The authority explained that a large quantity of Captagon pills was found hidden inside a truck floor. As they detected it through security techniques at the port.
The two people who were receiving this consignment of Captagon pills were arrested, the authority indicated.
More than 8.7 million Captagon pills were found hidden inside cocoa fruit by the authority in Jeddah Islamic Port.
The ZATCA called on everyone to communicate and report any information related to smuggling crimes through the Security Reports Center (1910). The center receives security reports in complete secrecy. With a financial reward given to those who report if the reporting information is correct.