Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces impounded millions of illegal Captagon narcotic pills in Beirut’s port on Thursday, just moments before they were due to be loaded on to a ship headed for the Persian Gulf.
“As a result of precise observation and swift tracking, the central anti-narcotics department… was able to seize millions of narcotic Captagon pills [which had been hidden] inside [sacks] of maize in hold number six of Beirut’s port,” a statement from the ISF’s public relations branch announced.
“[The shipment was seized] in the final moments before it was raised on to [several] ships headed to a country in the [Arabian] Gulf.”
The statement added that: “[The contents of] seven other hangars with the same [specifications] were exported in three shipments. [The issue] will be pursued with police in the [concerned] country.”
Lebanese authorities in the last two years have busted a growing number of attempts to smuggle large amounts of Captagon, including an August bust in the Beirut port that seized $50-100 million worth of the drug.
Captagon is a synthetic stimulant that was banned in most markets in the mid-1980s but has grown in popularity in Gulf countries since the 2000s.
The UN Office on Drugs and Crime classifies Captagon as an “amphetamine type stimulant.”