(MENAFN - Arab News) Jazan Border Guard patrols busted 352 slabs of cannabis (known locally as hashish), weighing 358 kg on Thursday.
Three drug traffickers were transporting the substance by boat. The main smuggler, who jumped into to sea to escape arrest, sought the guard's assistance to save him from drowning.
Brig. Gen. Abdullah bin Mahfouz, a spokesman for the Jazan border guards, said the operation was detected by the marine radar staff, who saw an object going from the north to the south
"When we approached the boat, we found three persons on board. They tried to escape, but we fired some warning shots. Feeling besieged and powerless, one of them tried to escape by jumping into the sea. But he did not know how to swim and was rescued by police divers," he said
"When the police took over the boat, the three were put under arrest. The boat was found containing quantities of cannabis and three cell phones, in addition to a Garmin GPS device."
He said the trio was carrying 352 cannabis slabs weighing 358 kg
He added that security agents were studying the case to take proper action against the three.
Maj. Gen. Abdul Aziz Al-Subhi, commander of the Jazan border guard, said: "I ask vacationers and holiday makers, as well as fishermen at sea, to report any suspicious boat they see at sea by calling 994.