Saudi citizen arrested in Beirut airport drug bust

Lebanese authorities have arrested a Saudi man at the Beirut airport carrying about 10 kilogrammes of the amphetamine-like drug Captagon, AFP reported Sunday (May 26th).

"The airport's security service, in co-ordination with the army intelligence directorate, arrested... Saudi citizen H. al-Ruwayli as he was leaving the airport with about 10 kilogrammes of Captagon," the National News Agency said.

It did not say whether he was arriving in or leaving Lebanon, and security services were not immediately available for comment.

Captagon is an amphetamine manufactured in Lebanon and probably also in Syria and Iraq, according to the French Observatory for Drugs and Drug Addiction.

It is one of the most commonly used drugs in the Syrian war, where fighters say it helps them stay awake for days and numbs their senses, giving them stamina for long battles.

Lebanon has previously stopped several shipments of the drug to Gulf countries, including Saudi Arabia.

In April, Lebanese police seized more than 800,000 Captagon pills in an operation co-ordinated with Saudi authorities.

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