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Bid to smuggle Captagon through airport thwarted

BEIRUT: Authorities at Beirut’s airport foiled an attempt to smuggle 3.4 kilograms of Captagon pills to a Gulf country, a police statement said Tuesday. 

The scheme was thwarted Sunday, the statement said, adding that the pills, packed in plastic bags, were found hidden in the sides of a suitcase belonging to a 28-year-old Syrian man identified only by his initials A.Q. 

The statement said the man was departing for a flight set to leave for a Gulf country on Dec. 5, the same day he arrived in Lebanon. 

The Syrian suspect and the confiscated drugs were referred to the Central Anti-Drug Office in Beirut for further investigation. 

On Jan. 2, the Bekaa Office for Drug Control raided two factories for manufacturing Captagon in Younin and Dawras and confiscated equipment and 50,000 Captagon pills.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on January 08, 2014, on page 4.

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