Egypt’s military announced on Monday that the border guards seized nearly 48 tonnes of drugs, 9.3m tonnes of narcotics, and destroyed 373 feddans of cannabis during 2019.
Official spokesperson of the Egyptian army Tamer El-Refaay released an official statement on Monday on the efforts exerted by the border guard forces in securing Egypt’s borders during 2019.
The statement published on Facebook asserted that the efforts included the discovery of smuggling tunnels on the borders in North Sinai and targeting drug dealers.
The military said that the armed forces succeeded in seizing 1027 firearms, 850,000 bullets, 206 magazines, and 105 kg of explosives.
Also, 12 cross-border tunnels were destroyed in North Sinai throughout 2019.
The border guard also thwarted undocumented attempt of “infiltration by 30,000 persons of different nationalities.”
They also seized 836 vehicles, 13 loaders, 24 bikes and 14 inflatable boats used to smuggle contraband and duty-unpaid goods, the statement added.
It added that the forces confiscated 296 kg of silver and gold ornaments, 60 satellite devices and 1m pounds worth of hard currency in the possession of smugglers.