M. Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Arab News
RIYADH, 1 November 2005 — Border guards seized more than two tons of hashish on an island off the Kingdom’s eastern coast in one the largest drug hauls in recent times, officials said yesterday.
Gen. Talal Al-Angawi, chief of the Saudi Border Guards, said the drugs were seized following a raid conducted on the island near the industrial city of Jubail earlier this month. “Border guards were patrolling and keeping a watch on the island near Jubail, which followed an earlier search operation,” he said.
Gen. Al-Angawi said this was one of largest hauls that the guard had ever uncovered. On several previous occasions, the guard has arrested drug traffickers while trying to sneak into the country with drugs and liquor.
The border guards have seized a large quantity of weapons in the last nine months including 12 rocket-propelled grenade launchers, half a million rounds of ammunition and 14,000 sticks of dynamite.
Over 26 tons of hashish seized by Spanish police
Spanish police seized over 26 metric tons (30 U.S. tons) of hashish at the southern port of Algeciras on Monday.The drugs were found hidden in a shipment of 22 large wooden boxes of frozen sardines, which had come across the Mediterranean from the Moroccan port of Tangiers, said spokesman Salvador Gomez of the Algeciras Civil Guard.
The weight of the drugs made this one of the biggest busts to date in Spain, Gomez said.
Authorities detained a 36-year-old person suspected of having ties with a trucking company. The person was not identified by name.
The bust was part of a long-term observation strategy involving a transport company that regularly moved cargo between Spain and Morocco.
A drugs raid at the same port in 2003 netted 25.5 metric tons (28 U.S. tons) of hash, and a 1996 bust in the northwestern region of Galicia uncovered 36 metric tons (40 U.S. tons) of the drug.
This hash tastes like fish.