BEIRUT: Lebanese authorities foiled an attempt to smuggle the largest amount of illegal pills from Syria to Dubai via Beirut’s port, security sources told The Daily Star Monday evening.
Customs with the Judicial Police and the Anti-Drug Department discovered the shipment of millions of Captagon pills stacked in an air-conditioning device estimated to be around 7 meters long and 2 meters wide, the sources said.
The batch, dispatched from Syria, was supposed to stay overnight in the coastal town of Amsheet, 35 kilometers north of Beirut, to be shipped Tuesday morning to Dubai via Beirut Port.
The device was dismantled in the presence of the authorities and its content will be presented Tuesday to the media in a news conference.
There have been several attempts to smuggle the pills into Lebanon via Rafik Hariri International Airport.
In January 2011, Syrian authorities said they had confiscated 4 million Captagon tablets made in Lebanon and destined for the Gulf.