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Prison guards confiscate hash-filled halawa in Lebanon

Coming in different types and flavors flavors, Halawa is a dense, sweet confection that is very popular in the Middle East. (The Daily Star)

BEIRUT: Prison guards in Zahle confiscated 20 grams of hash found hidden inside a sweets box Friday, the latest in a series of drug-concealing food products that have been smuggled into Lebanese prisons.

The third incident of its kind in less than two months at Zahle’s prison, this attempt was preceded by a hash-filled cucumber earlier in August and a pizza containing a large quantity of cannabis in July.

Yogurt, labneh and pistachio nuts have also been among the food products used as creative methods of smuggling drugs into Lebanese prisons.

According to a security source, the recent series of busts are part of a plan to crackdown on the drug market that is prevalent in the country's underequipped and overpopulated prisons.

 

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