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The seized Captagon pills. Image Credit: Supplied

Abu Dhabi: Saudi authorities in the Jeddah Port have foiled an attempt to smuggle 8.7 million Captagon pills that were found hidden inside a consignment cocoa beans, local media reported.

Meanwhile, four Saudi men were arrested on charges of peddling a large quantity of drugs in the Al Qassim and Tabuk regions, said Major Mohammed Al Nujaidi, spokesperson of the General Directorate of Narcotics Control.

He added that officials seized 75,855 amphetamine tablets, 38kg of hashish, 9,160 pills subject to the regulation of medical circulation, 74 grams of shabu (methamphetamine), a firearm, ammunition and cash.

Al Nujaidi said the initial legal measures have been taken against the suspects, and they have been referred to the Public Prosecution for trial.