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Attempt to smuggle alprazolam pills foiled at KKIA.

Packets of alprazolam pills confiscated from a passenger at the King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh are displayed at the Customs office. (SPA)

RIYADH: Customs officers have foiled an attempt to smuggle some 14,990 tablets of the alprazolam drug through the King Khalid International Airport, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said on Thursday. Sultan Fuhaid, general manager of customs at KKIA, said the banned drugs were found hidden by an airline passenger in his underwear. Fuhaid said drug trafficking charges are being readied against the smuggler. Alprazolam is a prescription drug commonly used for the treatment of panic and anxiety disorders. Under Saudi law, importing a substantial amount of prescription medications into the kingdom has to be accompanied by documents such as recent medical report issued by the patient's medical care provider and clearly stating the personal information of the patient, medical diagnosis treatment plan, medical recommendations and generic name of the prescription drugs, dosage and dosage form.

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Publication:Arab News (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
Date:Jun 16, 2016
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