Dubai: Saudi authorities have busted a gang for promoting narcotics through social media network Snapchat, Arabic daily Okaz reported.
The suspects reportedly promoted narcotic drugs among young people in Hail, a city in north-western Saudi Arabia.
The gang used social medial platform Snapchat to lure young men into a web of self-destruction. The suspects were referred to the Public Prosecution for legal action.
Earlier in May, Saudi authorities arrested 22 people and seized more than 400kg of drugs. The security guards along the southern border region (Jizan, Najran and Asir) foiled an attempt to smuggle hashish and heroin into the country. The drugs were coming from Yemeni territory. Of the 22 suspects, 11 were Ethiopians, 10 were Yemenis and one was a Saudi.
The suspects were arrested with 356g of hashish and 42kg of heroin. The arrests come as part of an intensive campaign by Saudi authorities to crackdown on drug traffickers and dealers.