Lebanon seizes millions of captagon pills in orange shipment

Lebanese Interior Minister Bassam Mawlawi said last week that customs officers had seized "nearly 9 million captagon tablets" at Beirut's port. The cargo was heading for a Gulf country. The pills were hidden inside fake oranges.

Captagon often contains amphetamine, alongside caffeine and other substances. It is a mix of amphetamines also known as the "poor man's cocaine", is one of the more popular recreational drugs among affluent youth in the Middle East. It is manufactured mostly in Lebanon and Syria, much of it is bound for illegal recreational use in Saudi Arabia.

A customs officer confirmed to AFP that the latest seizure was en route to Kuwait. An investigation has been opened to determine its source.

Source: abc.net.au


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