The eyes of the security are chasing them, and the society deplores their actions and besieges them, and is on the lookout for them in all their movements and actions, and the security men have succeeded in dealing painful blows to drug dealers and smugglers, so they dropped them successively.
“Okaz” monitored the most prominent security operations that succeeded in thwarting the smuggling of more than 12 million narcotic tablets, and the spokesman for the General Directorate for Drug Control, Major Marwan Al-Hazmi, revealed that the security follow-up of drug smuggling and promotion networks, which target the security of the Kingdom and its youth, resulted in thwarting an attempt to smuggle (12,729,000) tablets of narcotic amphetamine hidden in a shipment of pomegranate fruit through Jeddah Islamic Port, in coordination with the Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority, and the arrest of those who received it in Jeddah Governorate, and they are four people: two residents of Egyptian nationality and two others of Syrian and Yemeni nationalities, and the accused were arrested and taken Initial legal procedures against them and referring them to the Public Prosecution.
The General Directorate for Narcotics Control also succeeded in arresting two residents of Pakistani nationality in Jeddah Governorate, for promoting the narcotic methamphetamine (shabu), and they were stopped, and regular measures were taken against them, and they were referred to the Public Prosecution.
The security strikes continued, as the land patrols of the border guards in the Dhahran al-Janoub sector in the Asir region arrested two violators of the border security system of Ethiopian nationality, for attempting to smuggle hashish.
Security patrols in Dumat Al-Jandal governorate in Al-Jawf region arrested two citizens for promoting the narcotic amphetamine.
The General Directorate for Narcotics Control in the Asir region arrested a citizen for promoting narcotic hashish, and he was arrested and regular measures were taken against him, and he was referred to the Public Prosecution. Land patrols of the border guards in the Al-Ardah sector in Jazan region arrested two citizens for trying to smuggle the narcotic khat plant, and security patrols in Al-Dawadmi governorate in the Riyadh region arrested four citizens for promoting the narcotic amphetamine.
In another operation, the General Directorate for Narcotics Control arrested a resident of Pakistani nationality in the Riyadh region, for promoting pills regulated for medical circulation.
The patrols of the security regiments in the Asir region thwarted the smuggling of medically controlled tablets in Sarat Abidah Governorate, and they were handed over to the competent authority. Security patrols in Bisha Governorate, in the Asir region, arrested a citizen for distributing the narcotic khat hidden in his vehicle, and he was arrested. And the land patrols of the Border Guard in the Al-Ardah sector in Jazan region shot down a citizen; For his attempt to smuggle the narcotic khat plant, and the preliminary formal procedures against him were completed, and he and the seized items were handed over to the competent authority.
Watchful eyes on the border
In Jizan, security regiment patrols arrested a citizen in possession of the narcotic khat plant hidden in a vehicle he was driving in Al-Dair Governorate. The General Directorate for Narcotics Control ousted a resident of Afghan nationality in the Qassim region, for transporting and promoting narcotic hashish. The General Directorate for Narcotics Control arrested a resident and a visiting expatriate of Pakistani nationality in Jeddah Governorate. For promoting methamphetamine (Shabu). And the patrols of the security regiments in Jazan region thwarted the smuggling of narcotic hashish, and seized a firearm and ammunition in Al-Dair Governorate, and they were handed over to the competent authority.
In a security operation carried out by the General Directorate for Narcotics Control, it arrested two citizens in Jazan region, for promoting narcotic hashish. And the land patrols of the border guards in the Al-Ardah sector in Jazan region arrested seven violators of the border security system of Yemeni nationality, for attempting to smuggle the narcotic khat plant, and the initial legal procedures were completed against them, and they were handed over and the seized items to the competent authority. In the eastern region, the General Directorate for Narcotics Control arrested a citizen for displaying and promoting cannabis on social media.
The General Directorate for Drug Control emphasized reporting drug smuggling or promotion, by calling the General Directorate of Border Guard’s communications number (994), or the numbers (911) Makkah Al-Mukarramah, Riyadh and the Eastern Province and (999) in the rest of the Kingdom’s regions, and the General Directorate of Narcotics Control’s communications number. (995), or via e-mail [email protected], and all communications will be treated in strict confidence.
The Whistleblower and Witnesses Protection System revealed that the data is covered by confidential protection, and it is not permissible to disclose it except in the cases indicated in the system. The draft system stressed that the state shall ensure the guarantee of those covered by the provisions of the system, as well as bear their treatment and compensation for the effects of that, and if the assault or death was for the reasons for which protection was decided, then the state shall bear compensation and support for his family in a way that guarantees them a decent life, provided that the protection provisions and procedures requested by the competent authority are adhered to. Which has the right to take legal action by claiming compensation from the persons who harmed the protected person.
Addiction Counseling Center Aoun for the family
The National Drug Prevention Project (Nebras) revealed that the Addiction Counseling Center (1955) is part of the project’s programmes, and has direct follow-up by the Minister of Interior and Chairman of the National Committee for Drug Control, Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Nayef, in order to provide therapeutic counseling family service on Drug abuse and addiction.
The center receives calls via the free number (1955) and on WhatsApp 0552001955 from all regions, and works to serve families with addicts, in addition to various calls between requesting treatment cases and forced transfers, and between various consultations that are conducted in complete confidentiality and in a civilized manner.
The center is subject to specialized administrative and professional supervision by the “General Secretariat of the National Committee for Drug Control” in cooperation with the General Directorate for Drug Control and Al-Amal Hospitals, according to the requirements of need and the performance standards in force in such centers globally, indicating that the importance of the center lies in contributing to confronting the phenomenon of substance abuse. Addiction to drugs and psychotropic substances that threaten the youth of society and their families.
The establishment of this center is considered to be a quick intervention and a link between the addict and the treatment authorities, given the reluctance of the addict or his family to seek treatment, which is often due to fears of accountability or legal prosecution, or the family’s lack of control over the addicted patient and his refusal of treatment, which poses a danger to the patient. himself and his family.
Imprisonment and flogging for drug dealers
The legal advisor, Attorney Obaid Ahmed Al-Ayyafi, stressed that the punishment for a drug dealer varies between thickening or mitigating according to factors considered by the judge, the most important of which is the size of the substance, or its lack, and the extent of its impact and danger, in addition to the precedents in promoting drugs to the accused.
He added that if the promoter or the smuggler is forced to kill, a repressive punishment must be appropriate to the crime and cut off the traces of corruption. The punishment must be severe and appropriate to the seriousness of this crime. The punishment should be commensurate with the type of crime. He explained that the penalties for drug dealers, in the absence of previous criminal records, are up to 5 years, flogging, travel bans, and the confiscation of the means used in the promotion, such as a car, mobile phone, SIM card, or information. While the penalty is harsher in the event that there are precedents for the promoter.
And he indicated that the anti-drug system works to impose deterrent penalties to prevent the spread of drugs, and to prevent their sale and purchase, even their import, export, or even their passage through the lands or airspace of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Al-Ayafi, the lawyer, confirmed that the legislator worked to tighten the drug dealer’s sentence for the first time. This is in his endeavor to deter and prevent the promoter from committing the crime of drug trafficking, to make the country free from the scourge of drugs, to protect Saudi society from all its harms, and to create a strong and healthy generation. According to Articles (37) and (38) of the Law on Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, the sentence for drug dealers for the first time in Saudi Arabia is imprisonment for a period of up to 15 years. In the event that the promoter repeats the act of promotion, the penalty will be severe and may reach murder, and in the event that the promoter is a public employee or an anti-drug agent, then his penalty will be severe and may reach 25 years in prison. In some cases, the punishment for promotion may reach death in certain circumstances.