Family arrested at Jeddah airport with 1.4kg heroin hidden in guts

Family arrested at Jeddah airport with 1.4kg heroin hidden in guts

81.9m travel through Saudi airports in 2015

Saudi Gazette report

JEDDAH – Four members of a Pakistani family, including two women, were arrested at King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah after they arrived with 1.4 kg of heroin stuffed in their stomachs, Al-Madinah newspaper reported.

Abdullah Hamoud Al-Flai, director of KAIA Customs, disclosed the news of the arrests.

Al-Flai said after arriving at the airport aboard a flight from Pakistan, the male members of the family walked precariously toward the customs desk, rousing suspicion of a customs officer.

The men were put under strict surveillance as they waited for the arrival of their women relatives.

The body language of the women increased the officer’s suspicion and he decided to tighten the inspection procedures.

However, X-ray and manual inspections of the bags they carried revealed nothing, Al-Flai said, adding that the passengers were then asked to go through a body scan, which confirmed the suspicions.

The scan results showed that the passengers had a narcotic substance weighing a total of 1,400 grams in their stomachs. All of them were arrested and handed over to the drug enforcement wing.

The gang comprised two men, one in his 40s and the other in his 30s, and two women in their 30s. They also had two children with them.


  1. The population of substance and alcohol abuse is apparently increasing in the kIngdom of Saudi Arabia. Are suppliers now risking even the women and family due to high demand?

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