CAIRO: Coastal border guards have foiled an attempt to smuggle some 4.5 tons of marijuana in Ras Mohamed protected area in south Sinai, Youm7 reported Sunday.
Two boats were suspected by navy traffic units, which sent coastal forces to inspect the area. The forces monitored the boats for over 12 hours, and successfully foiled an attempt to smuggle amounts of drugs.
The boat and drugs were seized, while the passengers were arrested and referred to specialized investigation authorities.
Egyptian army has recently heightened its security measures at all entryways and exits of the country, both land and coastal, to curb continuous attempts of illegal immigration and drug smuggling.
In Dec. 2015, the armed forces announced that it arrested a total of 449 people, including non-Egyptians due to illegal immigration attempts.
Also mostly in the Western Desert, 1,383 kilograms of marijuana, 76 kilograms of hash and 8.4 million tablets of Tramadol were seized in December.