The head of Lebanon’s Hezbollah on Friday denied his group was involved in narcotics smuggling and said it had no links to an alleged drug kingpin killed in Syria earlier this week.
On Monday, rare Jordanian airstrikes killed a drug smuggler in southern Syria and hit a narcotics factory that local and intelligence sources linked to Iran-backed Hezbollah.
“We don’t smuggle drugs, we smuggle weapons,” Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech, saying the group would never be “contaminated... with the filth of drugs.”
Nasrallah said the accusation was “a lie, an injustice, a betrayal, a conspiracy” and hinted that his party was helping curb the drug trade in Lebanon.
“I can say it for the first time. In many areas, had it not been for Hezbollah, would the Lebanese state have been able to do what it is doing now, in terms of dismantling the captagon factories and confronting many drug hotbeds and gangs in Lebanon?” he said.
Captagon is an amphetamine-like drug that regional officials say is produced in Syria and partly along the Lebanese border.