Some 57 kilograms of narcotics were seized by Syrian authorities, just before two men were attempting to smuggle the stack into Saudi Arabia, the Syrian daily newspaper Al-Watan said on Sunday.
Responding to a tip, Syrian security officials headed to Hamah province and detained two men, who claimed that they were going to Saudi Arabia to perform Umra (smaller pilgrimage), the daily added.
After searching their vehicle, police found nine large containers, with 336, 000 pills. The stack was covered with fruit as camouflage, it said.
After investigation, the two men confessed to being part of a network specialized in drug trafficking between Hamah and the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, and that they were offered USD 8,000 each for the smuggling operation, the paper added.
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