CAIRO – 7 April 2019: Two days after thwarting an attempt of smuggling more than 2 tons of drugs, worth LE 2 billion [$115,5 million] on board a ship in the Red Sea, security forces arrested two people trying to smuggle 295 kilograms of Khat, according to a Saturday statement.
The arrested persons are foreigners who rented a house in Dar al-Salam district, a blue-collar area southern Cairo, the statement added without revealing the nationalities of the arrested persons.
The 295 kilograms of Khat were hidden in 21 postal packages at the Cairo International Airport, the statement continued.
After being interrogated, the arrested persons confessed their crimes, the statement said.
On April 4, the security authorities thwarted the biggest smuggled cargo of drugs [2 tons] after conducting investigations and arrested a group of drug dealers while trying to bring the drugs into the Red Sea governorate.
The drug dealers included two Egyptian nationals, with drug dealing charges pressed against them, and seven other foreigners, the statement said.
On December 31, 2018, the Egyptian authorities at Nuewiba port thwarted an attempt to smuggle large amounts of drugs hidden inside a Syrian apple consignment.
The consignment was carrying a large amount of the illegal drug Captagon, in violation to the pharmacy law and laws of customs, import and export. Captagon is the most popular narcotic in the Arabian Peninsula. It is a psycho-stimulant of the Fenethylline drug group.
In January 2019, the government approved a bill that stipulates sentencing to death those who "import or export synthetic substances that cause harm to the body, mind or the nervous system," in efforts to limit prohibited drug trade.