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Lebanon announces thwarting the smuggling of 250,000 Captagon pills to Saudi Arabia

The General Directorate of the Internal Security Forces in Lebanon announced that they had thwarted the smuggling of 250,000 Captagon pills to Saudi Arabia, which were hidden inside small electric water pumps, according to Russia Today.

The directorate said in a statement that, based on the availability of information to the Central Anti-Narcotics Office in the Judicial Police Unit, about the process of smuggling a quantity of Captagon pills into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and after informing customs officers at Rafic Hariri International Airport, they were able on June 1, to seize 37.2 Kilograms (about a quarter of a million tablets) of Captagon hidden inside small electric water pumps.

She explained that the shipment transactions were carried out using a false identity card, and the three main persons involved in the process were identified: a. p. (born in 1999, Maktum al-Qayd), who is the mastermind of the network, has a history of drug smuggling, and is wanted by the judiciary for a drug offense, Dr. a. (born in 1977, Syrian) M. s. (born in 1984, Lebanese).

She added: "The three individuals were arrested and confessed that they constituted a drug smuggling network headed by the first detainee, who instructed the others to move to the Beddawi area (northern Lebanon) and receive the shipment of electric water pumps smuggled from Syria and containing Captagon pills, so they worked to transfer it to Beirut, then They contacted the shipping company and reimbursed the costs after they cleared the transactions using a fake ID card."