ZATCA thwarts attempt to smuggle 6.5 million Captagon pills hidden in plus-size tires

Saudi Gazette report

RIYADH — The Zakat, Tax, and Customs Authority (ZATCA) has thwarted an attempt to smuggle 6,514,674 Captagon pills concealed in a consignment of plus-size tires entering the Kingdom through the Al-Batha border crossing. The pills were found hidden within the cavities of the tires.

ZATCA reiterated its commitment to tightening customs control over the Kingdom’s imports and exports and strengthening its stance against smuggling attempts. This effort is carried out in coordination and collaboration with the General Directorate of Narcotics Control to ensure the security and protection of society.

ZATCA encourages the public to assist in combating smuggling and protecting society and the national economy by reporting suspicious activities. Reports can be made by contacting the authority’s designated security report number, 1910, via email at, or through the international number 00966114208417. The authority assures confidentiality and offers financial rewards for information that proves accurate.