BEIRUT: Lebanese authorities foiled earlier this week an attempt to smuggle nearly 2 kilograms of illegal stimulants out of Beirut’s international airport, the police said Saturday.
In a statement, the police said a 25-year-old Syrian, identified by his initials K.K., was arrested Friday for carrying 11,000 Captagon which were packed inside pastries in place of their filling.
The police did not say where the Syrian had been headed.
Authorities have in recent months foiled several attempts to smuggle Captagon, a synthetic stimulant, out of Lebanon.
In April, A Syrian was apprehended with 10.3 kg of Captagon pills packed inside pastries in place of their filling. Last week, police seized six trailer trucks with 4.15 million Captagon pills headed to Syria.
Fenethylline, known locally by its brand name Captagon, is used in some countries to treat Attention Deficit Disorder. It has become popular in Arab countries as a party drug in recent years.