Eastern Military Zone thwarts attempt to infiltrate, smuggle drugs

The Eastern Military Zone (EMZ) on Saturday dawn thwarted an attempt to infiltrate and smuggle “large” quantities of narcotics coming from Syrian territory, in continuation of efforts made by Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF)-Arab Army to protect local and regional security from drug dangers.

In a press statement, an official military source at JAF General Command said border guards’ front-line surveillance patrols, in coordination with the security agencies, tracked an armed group of smugglers illegally crossing Syrian territory to Jordan.

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

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

The source stressed that the JAF are continuing to deal ” firmly” with any threats on Jordan’s border fronts, and will foil any endeavors intended to undermine and destabilize the Kingdom’s security and terrorize its citizens.

Source: Jordan News Agency

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