29/01/2022

Lebanese security forces seize more than 12 tons of drugs in port of Beirut

BEIRUT — In collaboration between the Anti-Narcotics Office of the Judicial Police and the Custom’s Anti-Narcotics Division, Lebanese security forces seized a huge shipment of drugs, weighing between 12 and 13 tons, in the port of Beirut on Thursday.

Lebanese Interior and Municipalities Minister Bassam al-Mawlawi said the powdered drugs were packed in boxes of juice and probably destined for Sudan and then Nigeria. He said the investigation is still ongoing to uncover the exact nature and destination of the shipment, which are believed to have been boxes from Captagon.

Al-Mawlawi, a former judge, added that this operation comes within the framework by the security apparatus to fight drug trafficking in and through Lebanon. “No effort will be spared to thwart all smuggling operations,” he said.

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It is no secret that Hezbollah, Iran’s long arm in Lebanon and designated a terrorist organization by many countries, controls large parts of the Port of Beirut. Iran and Hezbollah supporters of the Syrian Ba’ath regime and President of the Syrian Arab Republic Bashar Assad. They support him with boots on the ground in the Syrian civil war, and reportedly also with illegal smuggling through Lebanon.