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Lebanese Interior Minister: Smuggling to Saudi Arabia Threatens National Security

Lebanese Interior Minister: Smuggling to Saudi Arabia Threatens National Security

Thursday, 6 May, 2021 - 07:15
A Saudi Custom officer opens imported pomegranates, as customs foiled a attempt to smuggle millions of Captagon pills, which came from Lebanon. (SPA)

Lebanon’s Interior Ministry said Wednesday that investigations conducted with arrested Hassan Duqo revealed that he was involved in smuggling the largest drug shipment in the world, estimated at about 94 million Captagon pills, which were seized in Malaysia before being smuggled to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The Ministry has distributed documents on the most prominent operations carried out in the framework of combating drugs in 2021.

Caretaker Interior and Municipalities Minister Mohammad Fahmi warned Wednesday that drug smuggling to Saudi Arabia threatens the stability of the Lebanese society, pledging to exert necessary efforts to combat such operations.

“This issue is a serious threat to the national security of the Lebanese society, and we must work to combat it,” he said, adding that the Lebanese state is against destabilizing its relations with brotherly and friendly countries, especially Saudi Arabia, saying Lebanon cannot forget the Kingdom’s support over the years.

“The Information Division and the Central Drug Control Office at the ISF Judicial Police Unit are constantly exerting efforts in this regard."

Last month, Saudi Arabia banned the import of Lebanese fruits and vegetables or their transit through the Kingdom’s territories after Jeddah Islamic Port’s customs officers seized more than 5 million Captagon pills expertly hidden in a pomegranate consignment from Lebanon.

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