BEIRUT: Police foiled an attempt to smuggle a large quantity of Captagon pills into Syria, security sources told The Daily Star over the weekend. Six trailer trucks heading toward Syria were seized Friday by an Internal Security Forces patrol in the Bekaa Valley village of Saadnayel.
The trucks were accompanied by another vehicle, a blue Nissan, carrying three Syrians who were were all arrested, identified as Abdul-Rahman Khaled Srour, 21, Sabei Adnan Srour, 27 and Yehya Mahmoud al-Mkahhal, 51.
A statement by the ISF, released Saturday, said six others were arrested over the case in Beirut by the Central Anti-Drug Office, adding that other suspects were being pursued.
“As a result of an intensified investigation and close monitoring, the Information Branch in the village of Saadnayel confiscated six trucks aiming to cross over to an Arab country,” the statement said. “When one of them was searched, a quantity of Captagon pills was found in the bottom and was transferred to the regional Anti-Drug Office in Bekaa.”
The statement said investigators had discovered 4.15 million Captagon pills, the value of which ranged between $40 million and $80 million. A well-informed source told The Daily Star that authorities were still trying to work out where the pills were manufactured.
Captagon is a stimulant drug popular in the Middle East.