Languages
Page last updated at 20:35 GMT, Sunday, 8 March 2009

Saudi raids 'break up drug gangs'

map

Saudi authorities say they have broken up four big drug smuggling operations and arrested 35 suspected drug dealers.

Security forces seized more than 1,760kg of cannabis resin and more than 3m amphetamine tablets in raids across the country, officials said.

The interior ministry said inquiries showed that one of the groups had been involved in financial transactions worth more than $100m (71m).

No details were given about when the raids took place.

The interior ministry said those arrested included 13 Saudis and 22 foreigners, according to a statement carried by the SPA official news agency.

One of the gangs, including seven Saudi nationals, had formed a network inside the kingdom to distribute the drugs, the statement said.

Interior ministry spokesman Gen Mansour al-Turki told the AFP news agency that there were "large amounts [of drugs] coming from the southern border" with Yemen.

Drug smuggling carries the death penalty in Saudi Arabia, and those convicted are usually executed in public.

Print Sponsor


SEE ALSO
Developing world drug abuse 'up'
09 Sep 08 |  Special Reports



FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC iD

Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2019 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific