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3 tons of Egypt-bound drugs discovered in Beirut port

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT: Customs officials Tuesday discovered three tons of Captagon pills and hash at the Beirut port destined for Egypt, Lebanon’s finance minister said.

In a televised news conference from the port, Ali Hasan Khalil praised the Customs Department over the massive bust, without saying if anyone was arrested over the case.

“Lebanon has been able to protect its reputation in the war on drugs as it has been successful this year in stopping many drug smuggling attempts,” he said.

He pledged that Lebanon will not become a safe passage for drug smugglers.

Tuesday’s bust came one day after a 28-year-old Brazilian man was stopped by Customs officers for allegedly attempting to smuggle two kilos of cocaine through the Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut.

A source at the airport told The Daily Star that the cocaine, in vacuum-sealed plastic bags, was hidden in two pieces of luggage which were put in a bigger suitcase.

Airport authorities have recently stepped up efforts to thwart the smuggling of drugs through the facility. Last month they arrested a Peruvian national who swallowed a quantity of condoms filled with liquid cocaine.

Source: The Daily Star

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