Abu Dhabi: Border guards in Tabuk, northwestern Saudi Arabia, thwarted an attempt to smuggle 280,000 tablets of Captagon and more than 6.8kg of opium, and arrested the trafficker, Saudi police said.

“The continuous monitoring of criminal networks, targeting the kingdom and its people with narcotic substances and the attempts of its elements to smuggle their toxins across the kingdom’s land and sea borders, resulted in thwarting a diver’s attempt to smuggle a total of 280,000 tablets of Captagon and more than 6.809kg of opium. The diver was coming from the Egyptian side and wearing a diving suit,” the spokesperson for the border guards, Lt. Col. Mesfer Al Quraini, said.

Colonel Al Quraini said the Tabuk border guards arrested the diver, who was referred to the Public Prosecution pending investigation and trial.

The drug seizure comes only a few days after the Tabuk border guards arrested three people, who came from Jordan and attempted to cross land borders and smuggle 360,000 Captagon pills into the kingdom, Colonel Al Quraini added.

He confirmed that the border guards continue to confront with resolve all smuggling attempts across the borders, and they will stand a strong barrier against anyone who attempts to target the youth of the homeland and its capabilities with these narcotics.