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Lebanon prison guards charged for drug trafficking
Photo shows corridor inside Roumieh prison. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
Photo shows corridor inside Roumieh prison. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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BEIRUT: Twenty-six inmates at Roumieh prison, 12 guards and a doctor were charged Tuesday with allegedly forming and operating a drug trafficking ring at Lebanon’s largest jail, judicial sources said.

Military Prosecutor Judge Saqr Saqr charged the prisoners, the guards – all members of the Internal Security Forces’ Gendarmerie - a police officer and the doctor with allegedly forming a drug ring inside the prison and selling the drugs to inmates and detainees.

The guards, the sources said, allegedly obtained the drugs from outside the prison and promoted them at the jail with the help of the charged inmates.

The police officer and doctor, for their part, allegedly provided the guards and inmates with a cover to facilitate the drug trafficking process, the sources said.

The guards and inmates were detained and referred to Military Investigative Judge Riyad Abu Ghayda for questioning, the sources said.

Abu Ghayda will also issue arrest warrants against the detainees, the sources said.

The ring was discovered after five days into a probe launched by Judge Danny Zeani after receiving reports about drug trafficking at the facility.

In 2012, a total of almost 50 guards were arrested on charges of helping inmates gain access to drugs in Lebanon’s most notorious prison.

 
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