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Tech & Science : Drug Trafficking in Lebanon: Entering Millions of Captagon Tablets in False Oranges

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Les fausses oranges remplies de pilules de captagon étaient dissimulées dans des caisses contenant de vrais fruits. La cargaison a été interceptée par les douanes et la brigade antidrogue dans le port de Beyrouth, le 29 décembre 2021. © AFP - Anwar AMRO False oranges filled with captagon pills were concealed in crates containing real fruits. The cargo was intercepted by the customs and the anti-drug brigade in the port of Beirut, on December 29, 2021.

They were hidden in oranges: nine million Captagon tablets were intercepted by the Lebanese customs Wednesday 29 December. The cargo of this amphetamine-based drug was, it seems, intended for export to a Gulf country.

The Lebanese Minister of the Interior announced this seizure at a press conference. Captagon is an amphetamine drug produced mainly in Syria, but also in Lebanon and Iraq, and exported mainly towards Saudi Arabia. The customs officers have therefore discovered nine million tablets concealed in orange cargoes on the port of Beirut. Small bags had been concealed inside dummy fruits.

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detox: the captagon is not the " drug of Jihadists " Diplomatic issues on December 23rd already the police of Dubai had announced the arrest of four people for attempting to import Clandestinely Captagon tablets concealed in false lemons. A week earlier, Lebanese customs seized 45,000 pills.

This announcement by Lebanese Minister is of diplomatic importance. Beirut is accused by Riyadh to turn a blind eye on this network. Saudi Arabia announced last April the

suspension of imports of fruits and vegetables from Lebanon after entering more than five million pills of captagon in false grenades. Since then, the Lebanese authorities are trying to prove their good will in the fight against this traffic. Before the suspension, Saudi Arabia was the first foreign customer of Lebanese agricultural products with more than 22% of exports.

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