FA large quantity of Captagon tablets are displayed at a police station in Beirut on Tuesday, August 13, 2013(The Daily Star/Mohamed Azakir)
BEIRUT: A raid on a storage unit in Beirut uncovered 160 thousand Captagon pills Tuesday.
The pills were found in the Watwat neighborhood of the capital by the narcotics and money laundering division of Lebanon’s Customs Office.
The issue of Captagon trafficking is not new to Lebanon.
The drug is an amphetamine widely used in the Middle East, particularly in the Gulf.
Lebanon has been used in the past as a way station for Syrian drug smugglers to transport Captagon through the country on its way to the Gulf and elsewhere.
In 2012, the ISF recorded seizing 463,977 tablets; in 2011, 499,326 tablets; and in 2010, 68,304. In 2009, the ISF seized more than 1.5 million tablets.
This latest raid comes as the drug has gained notoriety as the jihadist drug of choice, with some media reports saying is fuelling the neighboring war in Syria.
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