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Huge quantities of imported liquor seized in Riyadh

The officers found 1,914 bottles and cans of various kinds of imported liquor, including whisky and beer

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Acting on tip-offs, Narcotics Control officers intercepted a truck and a GMC van transporting huge quantities of imported liquor in two separate operations, the official spokesman for the General Directorate of Narcotics Control said on Thursday

According to Col. Salman Hamad Al-Nashwan, following the tip-off the General Directorate of Narcotics Control in Riyadh region formed a security team to investigate and seize a truck transporting imported liquor from the Eastern Province to Riyadh.

“The truck was identified, monitored and stopped. Its Indian driver was arrested. On inspecting the truck, the security men found 80 cases containing a total of 960 bottles of imported Scotch whisky. The driver had concealed liquor cartons among boxes of foodstuff in a futile attempt to deceive security men,” Al-Nashwan said.

Meanwhile, the Narcotics Control Directorate in Al-Kharj was tipped off on another quantity of imported liquor, intended for shipping to Riyadh.

The directorate assigned a security team to seize the liquor and arrest the smugglers. The team collected useful information that led the investigators to a GMC Savanna van at a gas station in Al-Kharj. The vehicle was impounded and its Saudi driver arrested.

On inspecting the van, the officers found 1,914 bottles and cans of various kinds of imported liquor, including whisky and beer.

A total of 2,874 bottles of imported liquor were seized in the two operations. The seized liquor and the two drivers were handed over to the pertinent authorities to take appropriate action.