Saudi border guards stand next to the seized haul. Image Credit: Photo courtesy of the Saudi News Agency

Cairo: Saudi border guards have thwarted an attempt to smuggle 750,000 amphetamine drug tablets into the country, an official has said.

Coastguard patrols in the area of Al Khafaji in north-east Saudi Arabia near the Kuwaiti border foiled the bid and arrested the would-be smugglers, border guard spokesman added, according to the Saudi news agency SPA.

“All legal procedures have been taken against those accused of the smuggling and the contraband stuff has been handed over to the competent agency,” the official said. The number of suspects was not given.

In recent months, Saudi authorities have thwarted a string of smuggling drugs attempts in the country.

Last December, Saudi anti-drug police had thwarted an attempt to smuggle 11.3 million amphetamine tablets inside a garlic shipment. The attempt involved a seven-member gang in Riyadh.

Drug offences are punishable by up to death in Saudi Arabia.