Security personnel in Qatar arrested 50 drug smugglers entering the country in 2012. Customs officials in the country cliam that they are able to catch 90 pecent of the drug smugglers attempting to enter the country.
A kilogram of cocaine can be sold for up to $90,000 in the Middle East, a value that is 3 times higher than the rate in the United States.
75 percent of the cocaine seized in the Middle East region was shipped from Brazil.
Source: Charles Parkinson, “Persian Gulf is Growing Drug Hub For LatAm Groups,” Insight Crime, September 17, 2013.