BEIRUT: The Internal Security Forces announced Tuesday that an operation to smuggle 3.5 million Captagon pills into Saudi Arabia has been foiled, adding that a number of the drug ring’s members were arrested. The Central Anti-Drug Office of the Judicial Police thwarted the operation, working in cooperation with Saudi authorities, the ISF said in a statement. A number of the smugglers have been arrested, according to the ISF, and the search for those who remain at large is ongoing. Captagon is an outlawed amphetamine compound and is popular with partygoers and front-line militia fighters. The ISF regularly seizes large quantities of the drug.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on October 12, 2016, on page 2.