Qatar foils attempt to smuggle in 2.2 million Captagon pills
Qatar’s anti-drug authorities have foiled an attempt to smuggle 2.2 million Captagon pills, reportedly among the most popular drugs among young people in the Middle East.
Four members of the international network involved in drug trafficking were arrested in the successful operation completed with cooperation from another Arab country, local media said, quoting interior ministry sources.
The operation was launched when the Directorate of Anti-Drug Enforcement learnt from its counterparts in an Arab country about attempts by a criminal network to smuggle a large quantity of drugs into the country. The drugs were said to be hidden in a consignment of Qatar-bound heavy equipment, Qatari daily The Peninsula reported on Monday.
A crack team was formed to investigate the matter and monitored the movements of the traffickers and the passage of consignment to the country.
Under coordination with Internal Security Forces (Lakhwiya) and competent authorities at Doha Seaport, the consignment was allowed to be cleared at the port and watched through as it was stored at a leased home.
The measures allowed the authorities to watch all the members of the network who were involved in drug pushing.
An Arab national and another man were arrested and pills were seized while they were trying to distribute the dangerous consignment.
During the interrogation the suspects revealed the identity of two more people who were outside the country, but were later arrested.
Qatar has toughened its laws to crack down on smuggling of narcotics and suspects if proved guilty by a competent court after fair trial can even be sentenced to death, an interior ministry statement issued yesterday said.