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Millions of Captagon pills seized in east Lebanon
An ISF member shows a bag of captagon that was hidden in a machine at the anti-drug office in Zahle, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. (The Daily Star/Stringer)
An ISF member shows a bag of captagon that was hidden in a machine at the anti-drug office in Zahle, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. (The Daily Star/Stringer)
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BEIRUT: Lebanese authorities have confiscated millions of Captagon pills hidden in a crusher north of the eastern city of Baalbek and arrested four Syrians in connection with illegal drug trafficking.

A police statement said the seized machine and drugs would be displayed at the anti-drug office in the Bekaa Valley town of Zahle at midday.

Security sources said Lebanese authorities arrested late Wednesday four Syrians during a drug bust in the Bajaja Al-Ain neighborhood north of Baalbek for allegedly trafficking illegal drugs.

They were identified as Ahmad Abdel-Sattar al-Berr, Ammar Mohammad Yasser al-Berr, Ibrahim Hussein Mohammad and Ziad Jawdat al-Azzam.

The sources said that anti-drug agents found an estimated 5 million Captagon pills inside a crusher.

They said the pills were packed ready to be exported to an Arab country.

The suspects were taken to Beirut for further interrogation, the sources added.

Captagon is a stimulant used recreationally across the Arab world, particularly in the Gulf, where a single tablet can sell between $10 and $20.

Separately, an Army patrol arrested Lebanese citizen Rabih Awada after 7 kilograms of marijuana were found in his house in the Baalbek neighborhood of Hay al-Sharawneh.

The illegal drug was confiscated during the Wednesday evening raid and the seized marijuana was handed over to the Bekaa anti-drug bureau.

Earlier Wednesday, six Syrians were arrested in two separate incidents related to manufacturing and smuggling Captagon pills.

A police statement said an inspection unit at Beirut airport caught one Syrian national as he was reportedly trying to smuggle 30,000 Captagon pills in specially made cavities in clothes hangers in his luggage.

In the Bekaa Valley village of Jabbouleh, security forces arrested five Syrians as they worked on a machine that manufactures Captagon pills.

 
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Lebanese authorities have confiscated millions of Captagon pills hidden in a crusher north of the eastern city of Baalbek and arrested four Syrians in connection with illegal drug trafficking.

Security sources said Lebanese authorities arrested late Wednesday four Syrians during a drug bust in the Bajaja Al-Ain neighborhood north of Baalbek for allegedly trafficking illegal drugs.

The sources said that anti-drug agents found an estimated 5 million Captagon pills inside a crusher.

Earlier Wednesday, six Syrians were arrested in two separate incidents related to manufacturing and smuggling Captagon pills.
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