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Riyadh-Saudi authorities arrested two networks that smuggle and promote narcotics.

The two cells comprised seven Saudis, three Syrians, an Indian and a Pakistani.

The Saudi Interior Ministry security spokesperson explained that in the framework of the implementation of the tasks of the security authorities to combat smuggling and drug trafficking, drug control forces were able to topple two cells and seize 2,522,400 amphetamine pills and cash worth SR 3,151,750 and $40,000.

They also confiscated items including three machine guns, 11 pistols, 297 bullets and more than two kilograms of jewelry.

The security spokesperson noted that members of the first cell were detained in Riyadh acting on a tip-off.

Investigations revealed that the suspects, led by a Syrian guy, had smuggled large quantities of amphetamine pills into the Kingdom.

Security authorities tracked the smuggled shipment, which had been transported to the hideout via two trucks, driven by a Pakistani and an Indian driver; according to the spokesperson.

The smuggled shipment comprised 2,105,000 amphetamine pills.

The police operation resulted in the arrest of a Saudi and three Syrians, including a woman, in addition to the truck drivers in Riyadh, Madinah and in the Eastern Province.

Based on information provided by the arrested suspects, police successfully raided the second cell’s hideout and rounded up its members, including six Saudis.

Police said 417,400 amphetamine pills were seized during the operation.

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