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Saudi customs foil smuggling of nearly 5 million Captagon pills

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An attempt to smuggle almost five million Captagon tablets and 350 grams of cannabis into Saudi Arabia’s northwestern border was foiled at the Halet Ammar customs checkpoint, according to the Saudi Press Agency.

Upon inspection of the private car carrying the illegal drugs, police found the substances hidden expertly in different parts of the vehicle.

The general director of the customs department of Halet Ammar, Khalid al-Rumaih, said that several smuggling methods are used to bring in illegal drugs, but Saudi Customs is focused on preventing the entry of any substances that might harm the health and safety of its citizens.

Captagon is one of several brand names for the drug compound fenethylline hydrochloride. The pills stimulate the central nervous system, increasing alertness, boosting concentration and physical performance, and providing a feeling of well-being.