Arrests made over smuggling scam [Archives:2003/686/Local News]

November 17 2003

Ismail Al-Ghabiri
Security forces arrested several individuals last Thursday for trying to smuggle priceless ancient Yemeni antiquities out of the country.
The members of the group were arrested in the governorate of Al-Jowf after they refused to provide identity cards and vehicle documents to checkpoint police forces in the Al-Salman area in Al-Jowf.
The group attempted to escape police, but failed to get far before the security men were able to arrest them.
A few of the members were Syrian citizens while three were Yemenis. They all admitted that they have been smuggling antiquities for many years from the governorate of Al-Jowf to sell abroad for very high prices.