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Millions of Captagon pills seized in east Lebanon

ISF members show 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)

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. Authorities displayed the seized machine and pills during a news conference Thursday at the anti-drug office in the Bekaa Valley town of Zahle.

Lebanese authorities seized the drugs late Wednesday in the Baja al-Ain neighborhood north of Baalbek, security sources said.

The four Syrian suspects were identified as Ahmad Abdul-Sattar al-Berr, Ammar Mohammad Yasser al-Berr, Ibrahim Hussein Mohammad and Ziad Jawdat al-Azzam.

Anti-drug agents found an estimated 5 million Captagon pills inside the crusher, the sources said.

The pills were packed and ready to be exported to an Arab country.

Captagon is a stimulant used recreationally across the Arab world, particularly in the Gulf, where one tablet sells for between $10 and $20.

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

The drug was confiscated during a 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.

One man was arrested at the Beirut airport, while five were arrested in the Bekaa Valley.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on February 07, 2014, on page 4.




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