File - Lebanese soldiers arrest a man during raids in Brital, Thursday, April 10, 2014. (The Daily Star/Nidal Solh)
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The village of Brital has become notorious, boasting a reputation as the home of stolen cars, murderers, drug dealers and forgers."The maximum you can get is enrolling in the Army, but that's after resorting to finding people with influence and paying them".But he also pointed to another reason why Brital is such a hub for wanted criminals in the Bekaa Valley: geography. Brital Mayor Abbas Ismail added that the town's inhabitants had lost hope in the government, believing that it doesn't symbolize anything for them. He said political and official parties benefited from maintaining a loose relationship between Brital and the government. Although Brital is always being scrutinized, residents also tend to turn the microscope on any unfamiliar faces in town.The residents of Brital have come to see security raids as a daily routine.
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