BEIRUT: The Lebanese security forces stopped a drug-smuggling operation destined for Libya Monday. The Anti-Drug Unit of the Judicial Police thwarted an attempt to smuggle drugs out of Lebanon after being tipped off about the operation, the Internal Security Forces said in a statement. The police cooperated with Egyptian authorities to halt an illicit shipment of 3.5 tons of hashish from Lebanon to Libya transported on the ship “Mare Ta Queen.” The ship left Lebanese waters for Tobruk’s marina in Libya but was stopped by the Egyptians near the coast of Damietta. Egyptian authorities confiscated the illicit items and detained everyone on board for questioning. Another smuggling operation involving a shipment of drugs to Lebanon from Brazil was thwarted in Istanbul Monday. Two Venezuelan nationals were promptly arrested by Turkish authorities after being caught with 4 kilograms of cocaine.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on April 07, 2015, on page 4.