Customs Seize 1.3 Million Amphetamine Pills Stashed In Timber Panels

This is the moment customs police discover 1.3 million amphetamine pills sealed inside a truckload of wooden panels.

The astonishing find was made by anti-smuggling officers in Saudi Arabia after intercepting a shipment of the drug at the Jeddah Islamic port.

Video footage of the search shows officers cracking open the hollowed-out panels to reveal plastic bags of the pills taped to the inside.

Then they are seen emptying bags of the pills, reportedly 1,395,930 pills in total, into a large pile.

Newsflash obtained a statement from the Saudi Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority saying on Monday, 15th May: “Foiling an attempt to smuggle more than 1.3 million Captagon pills, which were found hidden in a consignment of ‘wooden planks’ that came to the Kingdom through the Jeddah Islamic Port, and in coordination with the General Directorate of Narcotics Control (GDNC), the recipient of the seizures inside the Kingdom was arrested.”

Saudi authorities seize 1.3 million Captagon pills in Jeddah Islamic Port, Saudi Arabia, undated. It was hidden in a consignment of wooden planks. (Saudi Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority/Newsflash)

One Syrian national was arrested following the search, according to local media.

Captagon is a trademarked name for a synthetic amphetamine-type stimulant known as fenethylline.

It is particularly prevalent in the Middle East, where it is used in conflict zones to suppress fatigue and hunger while increasing aggression and alertness.