Smuggling is an economic and social crime
Smuggling anything inside or outside of the country hurts the economic position of the country. The products that come inside the country via smuggling are equally bad for the economy as the products that are smuggled outside the country.
In both cases, the government is unable to impose taxes and the public cannot benefit from the public wealth. Moreover, when smuggling becomes common, the social-economic crisis in the country is not a new thing. Taking money earned through illegal sources out of the country is called Money Laundering.
Saudi Arabia is a country with strict laws
Saudi Arabia is a country with strict laws and vigilant authorities. We had always seen cases were culprits are caught and are given severe punishment. There have been cases where people tried to smuggle in and out products, yet the Saudi authorities had caught them and given them punishment according to law.
Recently, the Saudi Authorities were able to catch a woman who was trying to smuggle cocaine that was hidden inside her shoes and bags. Now, even a more interesting case has surfaced.
A vehicle was being driven out from Saudi Arabia
It had once been checked and now was being finally checked before marking them clear for the exit. However, the Customs was able to unveil stash of money from the fuel tank before they could mark it “clear for the exit”.
According to the General Director of Customs, Ziad bin Suleiman Al-Aradi, the vehicle was being checked during the exit-check and the authorities were able to find bundles of Saudi riyal staked inside the main and reserve fuel tank.
SR 4.5 million hidden inside a fuel tank
The tank once emptied did not have few thousand Saudi riyals but had stored as many as SR 4,351,330 inside two fuel tanks.
Throwing light on the laws of Saudi Arabia, Al-Aradi said that customs laws do not allow people to import or export money or valuables whose worth exceeds SR 60,000. Those who wish to carry items or cash of more value shall notify the customs otherwise it is illegal.
However, when the money was found hidden, it clearly shows that it was a smuggling case and not unawareness of laws.
Saudi Arabia has already announced strict punishments and penalties on people involved in money laundering. Even in the normal course of business, we should not be involved in transferring money to someone you don’t know as he may have relations with some terrorist organizations.
Similarly, we should not transfer money on behalf of someone else as it may also lead to a money laundering offense.