Lebanon seizes 5 tons of drugs at Beirut airport: security source

Travelers look at flights schedule screens as they check any delayed or canceled flights, at the departure terminal of Rafik Hariri international airport, in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Nov. 20, 2015. (AP)

Lebanese customs seized five tons of Captagon amphetamine pills and hashish at Beirut airport on Tuesday, concealed in primary school desks that were to be shipped to Egypt, a security source said.

Meanwhile, security forces in northern Lebanon found two workshops producing Captagon and other drugs during a series of raids, the source said.

Both events came after a number of drug seizures at Beirut airport in recent months.

Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil said Tuesday's operation at the airport was one of the biggest of its kind, and that the drugs could have been smuggled onto other countries after Egypt, without elaborating.

“We will not allow Lebanon to be a transit point for drugs,” he said, quoted by Lebanon's National News Agency.

The NNA said that the quantity seized was three tons. There were no immediate reports of arrests.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:46 - GMT 06:46