Saudi Arabia shuts down alcohol factories

Students under training in the Drug and Poison Division of King Fahad Security College look at a collection of bottles of alcohol that Saudi security forces confiscated in the past, in Riyadh May 19, 2009. (Reuters)

Saudi Arabia’s National Anti-Drugs Committee has shut down four alcohol factories in different cities across the country.

The committee’s general secretary Abdulilah Al-Shareef said the factories were in Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam and Al-Kharj.

Alcoholic drinks produced in these factories were mixed with Dettol hygiene solution to change their color into something less distinguishable and were dosed with addictive chemicals similar to the ones in amphetamine drugs.

The official added 56 percent of arrested drug dealers in Saudi Arabia are Saudi and 35 percent of them do not consume any drugs.

Most drug addicts in the Gulf Kingdom are between the ages of 20 to 30. Riyadh had the highest drug addiction cases.

This article first appeared in the Saudi Gazette on Oct. 27, 2015.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:49 - GMT 06:49