Written by Staff Writer
26 Oct, 2015 | 8:58 pm
A Lebanese official says Beirut airport authorities have foiled one of the country’s largest drug smuggling attempts, seizing two tonnes of drugs before they were loaded on to the private plane of a Saudi prince.
The official said the prince and four others had been detained on Monday.
Abd al-Muhsen bin Walid bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud was detained today in Beirut’s Rafik Hariri International Airport.
This is reported to be one of Lebanon’s largest drug busts.
Lebanese TV station Al Mayadeen also said that 40 packages of drugs, weighing 2 tons in total, were confiscated.
According to foreign media they were charged with attempting to smuggle pills of captagon, an amphetamine allegedly widely used among fighters in the Middle East.
In a 2014 report, the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime says the amphetamine market is on the rise in the Middle East, with Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria accounting for more than 55% of amphetamines seized worldwide.
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