Army kills ‘Lebanon’s Escobar’ drug dealer who evaded 2,941 arrest warrants
The Lebanese army confirmed they have killed suspected drug dealer Ali Zaid Ismail who had notoriously gained the nickname “Escobar of Lebanon” after evading 2, 941 arrest warrants.
Reports confirmed seven others were killed on Monday alongside Ismail during a raid which took place near the town of Brital, not far from the border with Syria.
Forces say they live fire from armed groups led by Ismail which forced them to respond in kind.
At least 41 were arrested during the raid while six people were injured. Weapons and drugs were seized as a result of the raid, the army said.
Ismail is accused of drug offenses, including dealing in narcotics, trading in weapon and ammunitions, armed car robberies, falsifying documents, harming and shooting at civilians.