Police announced Monday that it foiled “the largest drug smuggling operations to take place in Lebanon ”
The Internal Security Forces issued a statement in which it said that following close surveillance and investigations, the anti-narcotics bureau seized two tons of cannabis on Saturday that were set to be shipped to Libya.
According to the ISF, the drug shipment was valued at $7 million and were hidden in a large shipment of apples.
ISF revealed that the “raw” quantity of cannabis was equivalent to the output of “more than 1,000 dunams of cultivated land ( 1 million square meters ) , or 250 tons of processed hashish.”
Police arrested the suspected chief smuggler, identified as A.N., a 56 year-old Syrian accused of commanding a network of drug smugglers.
Many residents in the Bekaa region defend the hashish industry as being the only source of employment. During Lebanon’s 1975-1990 civil war, Lebanese hashish generated hundreds of millions of dollars a year in income.
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