Lebanon News

Airport officials find opium stash in painting frame

Poppies bloom in a field. AFP PHOTO/Javed Tanveer

BEIRUT: Customs officials at Beirut airport foiled a drug smuggling attempt when they found nearly 5kg of narcotics hidden in a painting, according to the state-run National News Agency. Some 4.8kg of opium derivatives was found in a paint frame to be loaded onto a flight to Australia, the NNA reported. After investigations, two Lebanese nationals were arrested, according to the agency, and they were referred along with the seized substance to the Central Anti-Drug Bureau.





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