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No more Mr. Nice Guy: Major drug dealer detained

This photo released by the Internal Security Forces shows candy boxes filled with cocaine which were confiscated in north Lebanon on Tuesday. (The Daily Star/HO)

BEIRUT: Security forces Thursday arrested one of the most infamous drug dealers in the country, who was known as “Nice Guy,” an Internal Security forces statement said.

The suspect, identified as Adel Njeim, was in his chalet in Faraya, a mountainous region when security forces detained him.

Describing him as one of the country’s main drug dealers, a security source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that Njeim sold drugs in several areas, including the Beirut district of Ashrafieh and the northern town of Batroun.

He used to work in nightclubs, cabarets, schools, colleges and coffee shops, the source said.

“He used to sell 3 kilograms of cocaine on a daily basis,” the source said, adding that authorities had been tracking Njeim’s movements for three months.

Earlier Tuesday, police foiled an attempt to smuggle quantities of drugs to Australia and arrested a suspect behind the operation, the Internal Security Forces said, after the regional anti-drug office in north Lebanon received a tip.

“On April 28, a police unit confiscated six boxes of candy filled with a mix of cocaine and ephedrine prepared to be smuggled to [Australia],” the statement said

A day later, police raided the house of the suspect, identified by his initials as M.M., 31, and detained him.

Police also confiscated ephedrine hid in glass bottles and a grinding machine found in the suspect’s house in Minyeh.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on April 30, 2014, on page 4.

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Summary

Security forces Thursday arrested one of the most infamous drug dealers in the country, who was known as "Nice Guy," an Internal Security forces statement said.

The suspect, identified as Adel Njeim, was in his chalet in Faraya, a mountainous region when security forces detained him.

Describing him as one of the country's main drug dealers, a security source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that Njeim sold drugs in several areas, including the Beirut district of Ashrafieh and the northern town of Batroun.


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