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Saudi customs foil attempt to smuggle 19,000 alcohol bottles

The bottles of liquors had been hidden among tomato paste and small rice bags

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Saudi customs officials foiled an attempt to smuggle 19,188 bottles of alcohol into the kingdom through al-Bathaa border crossing, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Monday.

The bottles of liquors – which had been hidden among tomato paste and small rice bags – were found in a truck, SPA quoted Al-Batha Customs General Director Abdulrahman Al-Muhana

Al-Muhana then commended the efforts made by Saudi customs in thwarting smuggling attempts.

Alcohol is strictly prohibited in Saudi Arabia as per the guidelines of Islam. Consuming, producing, trading and smuggling is illegal and punishable by law. Sentencing for alcohol offenders can include lashing or even prison term.