Saudi prince detained over drug bust in Beirut
Oct.Riyadh: A Saudi prince and four other Saudi nationals have been arrested in connection to drug smuggling from the Beirut. They were detained over seizure of two tonnes of amphetamines and cocaine at Lebanese capital's airport. This is the largest largest drug seizure in the history of Beirut airport.
Prince Abdel Mohsen Bin Walid Bin Abdulaziz was among those detained by airport security. Captagon is the brand name for the amphetamine phenethylline, a synthetic stimulant.
The security authority said that drugs were packed into cases, waiting to be loaded onto a private plane that was heading to Saudi Arabia.
Manufacturing of the substance thrives in Lebanon and war-torn Syria, which have become a gateway for the drug to the Middle East and particularly the Gulf.
The UN Office of Drugs and Crime said in a 2014 report that the amphetamine market is on the rise in the Middle East, with seizures mostly in Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria accounting for more than 55 percent of amphetamines recovered worldwide.
The Oslo Times