Saudi Arabia, Nigeria thwart major 'Hezbollah-linked' drug smuggling attempt
Security spokesperson of the Ministry of Interior, Colonel Talal Al-Shalhoub, said the attempt was by a drug production and smuggling network linked to Lebanon's Hezbollah group, the Saudi Press Agency reported. Riyadh deems Hezbollah a terrorist organisation.
The haul included 451,807 tablets hidden inside mechanical equipment and initially sent by sea from Lebanon to Nigeria, where it was seized by Nigerian authorities, before being shipped to another country and then sent to Saudi Arabia.
In April, Saudi authorities seized a shipment of some 7.8 million Captagon pills originating from Lebanon.
The attempt, which used a pomegranate consignment as cover, resulted in a Saudi ban on the import and transit of fruit and vegetables from Lebanon.