Saudi Arabia's family-controlled dictatorship flogs, cuts of hands, and chops off heads for what most would consider "minor" infractions. Yet you have a member of the dictatorship apparently trafficking in drugs and getting busted at a Lebanese airport. The drugs were said to be headed to Saudi Arabia — Is the "kingdom" providing the drugs for the drug-crazed ISIS fighters?
|Abd al-Muhsen bin Walid bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud was detained at an
airport in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, |
while in possession of 24 bags and eight suitcases full of narcotics. (Picture: Supplied)
Saudi Prince Detained in Lebanon After Drugs Bust at Airport
A SAUDI prince and four others were detained on Monday in Lebanon in the largest drug bust in the history of Beirut airport, a security source said.
RELATED STORY: ‘Terrified, Disorganized & High on Drugs’ - Brit Fighting for Kurds Describes IS MilitantsSaudi prince Abdel Mohsen Bin Walid Bin Abdulaziz and four others were detained by airport security while allegedly “attempting to smuggle about two tonnes of Captagon pills and some cocaine,” a security source told AFP.
“The smuggling operation is the largest one that has been foiled through the Beirut International Airport,” the source said on condition of anonymity.
Captagon is the brand name for the amphetamine phenethylline, a synthetic stimulant. The banned drug is consumed mainly in the Middle East and has reportedly been widely used by Islamic State fighters in Syria.
RELATED STORY: Huge Bag of Drugs Found at Home of Islamic State Leader Accused of Drugging Troops to Boost MoraleCaptagon manufacturing thrives in Lebanon and war-torn Syria, which have become a gateway for the drug to the Middle East and particularly the Gulf.
The pills have “the typical effects of a stimulant” and produce “a kind of euphoria — you’re talkative, you don’t sleep, you don’t eat, you’re energetic,” according to Lebanese psychiatrist Ramzi Haddad.