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Lebanon seizes Captagon hidden in tea shipment

A large quantity of Captagon concealed in a shipment of tea bound for Saudi Arabia has been seized, Lebanese authorities announced on Tuesday.

The amphetamine pills, likely made in Lebanon or Syria, were concealed in a seven-ton cargo of tea at the port of Beirut [Anadolu Agency/Getty]

Lebanese authorities have seized a large quantity of Captagon hidden in a shipment of tea bound for Saudi Arabia, the interior minister announced on Tuesday.

“Diligent police work led to the seizure of a shipment of Captagon, which was heading to Togo in Africa,” Bassam Mawlawi told a press conference.

The shipment’s final destination was to be Saudi Arabia, which the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime says is the world’s largest consumer of Captagon, a stimulant derived from a banned drug fenethylline. .

The amphetamine pills, likely made in Lebanon or Syria, were concealed in a seven-ton shipment of tea at the port of Beirut, Mawlawi said.

Saudi Arabia imposed devastating trade restrictions on Beirut last year after a huge shipment from Lebanon containing Captagon concealed in grenades was seized.

Lebanon is plunged into the worst economic crisis in its history and is keen to restore ties with the kingdom and the other Gulf countries.

In another major seizure at the port of Beirut last month, around nine million Captagon pills were found hidden inside fake oranges.

According to a AFP Counting, more than 25 million Captagon tablets have been seized in the region since the start of the year alone.