Eastern Command thwarts drug-smuggling attempt

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AMMAN  — The Jordanian Eastern Command early Saturday thwarted an attempt to smuggle “large” quantities of narcotics from Syria, as part of an ongoing effort by the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army (JAF) to ensure that local and regional communities are protected from the danger posed by drugs, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

A JAF General Command official said in a press statement that front-line surveillance patrols from the border guards, in coordination with security agencies, tracked an armed group of smugglers who illegally crossed the Syrian border into Jordan.

“Rapid” response patrols moved to the site, applied the rules of engagement and injured a smuggler, forcing the others to retreat into Syrian territory, the source said.

After intensively searching the area, they seized 564 packages of hashish and 20,000 Captagon pills, in addition to a Kalashnikov rifle and ammunition, which were transferred to the competent authorities.

The offical stressed that JAF will continue to deal “firmly” with any threat to Jordan’s border, and foil any attempt to undermine and destabilize the Kingdom’s security, and terrorize its citizens.

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