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Brazilians caught smuggling drugs at Beirut airport

File - A Lebanese customs official displays seized material at Beirut Port, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Customs officers at Rafik Hariri International Airport foiled attempts by three Brazilian nationals to smuggle 8 kilograms of cocaine into the country, a security source told The Daily Star.

Two of the three men, who were arriving in Lebanon from Ethiopia, were caught trying to consume the cocaine in their possession, while the third suspect attempted to hide cocaine under a double-layered bag.

The total amount of cocaine confiscated from the three men was estimated to be around 8 kilograms, the sources added, noting that one of the individuals who swallowed cocaine was admitted to hospital.

The three were arrested and referred to the Central Office for Drug Control.

Last week, Lebanese authorities foiled an attempt to smuggle drugs into Lebanon from Brazil, when a man was arrested after Customs personnel found 6 kilograms of cocaine hidden in his suitcase.

Numerous attempts to smuggle Captagon have been thwarted at the airport this year.

In January, a Syrian national was arrested after 3.4 kilograms of the drug was discovered in his possession.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on March 18, 2014, on page 4.

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