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immigrants to GCC from the Western states blatantly flout the local laws. For example, about 60
British citizens have been incarcerated in the GCC in the last one year for drug-related offenses.
Again, another renowned artist was sentenced to a four-year jail term after he was found in
possession of two kilograms of cocaine and other substances. Apart from that, a UN’s agency,
International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), which monitors drug activities, warned the GCC
of an increasing trend in the number of drug traffickers in the region (Alarabiya.net, 2017). In the
report, it cautioned that heroin and cocaine are frequently smuggled through the network of
airports, free zones, and marine ports with the United Arab Emirates being the major entry point.
Additionally, the counter-narcotics agency informed the GCC head that drug barons were
increasingly taking advantage of the war and political turmoil in Iraq to smuggle drugs into the
country. INCB categorically highlighted that heroin, cannabis, and cocaine were transported
from Mexico and the U.S. to Jordan and later to the Arabian Peninsula. Notably, Iraq, Syria, and
Jordan are the crucial smuggling zones used by barons to gain access to the GCC. Interestingly,
the Gulf Region would not be termed as an area of concern in relation to drugs due to the strict
rules. Evidently, the governments of particular countries within the region have stringent
regulations that are clearly stipulated in the Quran. Researchers have noted an unusual concern
that the GCC has for a long time been termed as a drug-free zone. Nonetheless, the trade zones
have been converted to international transit points for most of the illicit narcotics (Alarabiya.net,
2017). Other interesting statistics reveal that one-third of all global seizures of illegal drugs
happened in Saudi Arabia, GCC’s largest country. During the operation, over 50 million tablets
of Captagon, 70 kilograms of heroin, and 17 tons of hashish were seized between January and
April in 2009 (Alarabiya.net, 2017). With such outrageous statistics, necessary measures need to
be put in place to curb the rising cases of drug trafficking within the GCC countries.