Authorities in Saudi Arabia thwarted attempts to smuggle a huge haul of narcotic substances into the Kingdom; the Saudi Press Agency reported on Friday.

According to Capt. Muhammad Al-Najidi, the spokesperson for the General Directorate for Narcotics Control; security officials carried out two separate operations after closely monitoring activities of criminal networks over a period of time. The operations led to the seizure of large quantities of amphetamine tablets, methamphetamine, and heroin.

The spokesperson said that the anti-narcotics forces busted a criminal cell in the capital, Riyadh, and arrested its members; a Saudi citizen and a resident. Besides, seizing more than 4.4 million amphetamine tablets hidden inside a mango shipment.

In another operation, a gang comprising three residents was apprehended in the Eastern Province. Besides, seizing over 10 kilograms of methamphetamine and 5 kilograms of heroin from them, he also added.

Captain Al-Najidi also said that a total of five individuals have been and necessary legal measures have been initiated against them.

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