CAIRO: Egyptian border guards have seized a five-ton shipment of marijuana off the coast of a Red Sea resort, the military said on Sunday.
The drugs were found on board three small boats with a crew of six, who have all been arrested, the military said on its official Facebook page.
Border guards intercepted the shipment of "2,439 packets of marijuana weighing around five tons" near the Red Sea resort town of Hurgada, the statement said.
The military did not say when they seized the contraband or where it had originated.
Marijuana, smoked by many in Egypt, is cultivated in the country, but also smuggled from abroad along with hashish.
Convicted drug traffickers can face the death penalty in Egypt.