BEIRUT: Lebanese Customs confiscated thousands of Captagon pills ready for export as well as a large quantity of rotten food, the result of a two-month investigation, its office announced Tuesday.
On April 14, 400,000 Captagon pills were found hidden inside agricultural equipment awaiting export to Saudi Arabia, according to a statement released by Custom’s administration.
The pills weighed approximately 74 kilograms and were worth almost $ 4 million, the statement added.
They were handed in to the Anti-Drug Bureau and those involved in the operation have been arrested, among them a Syrian identified as M.H.F.
Customs also found a large quantity of rotten food meant for consumers in a pick-up truck in the northern city of Tripoli last week during a patrol. The food items included tomatoes, pomegranate molasses, crushed pepper, sesame and apricot jam, with stamps used to alter the expiry date.
Customs was then able to raid the warehouse storing the expired food, and confiscated more food stuffs and the equipment used to change the dates, the statement said.
The perpetrators, all of them Syrian nationals, were also arrested.
The two investigations were not made public at the time of arrest, in order to protect the integrity of the investigations, statement said, and came within the framework of a recently implemented emergency plan under the auspices of Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil.