Monkeys expose Qat smuggler

Monkeys foiled the smuggling of a big shipment of Qat, a drug-like herb, into Saudi Arabia when they climbed a truck and raided its contents just before it was to pass through a police check point, a newspaper reported on Monday.

The truck was parked around 100 metres from a Saudi border police checkpoint and was about to move into the Gulf Kingdom when monkeys raided the shipment.

“I saw many monkeys jumping and littering straw and other things…when I came close, I found that the truck was laden with Qat,” Sabq newspaper said, quoting Hizam Al Shahri, a Saudi resident of the southern province of Asir near the border with Yemen.

“I phoned the police at the checkpoint and told them about the shipment, which was clearly destined for the Saudi market.”

Qat is allowed in Yemen but is banned in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab countries which classify it as narcotics.

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