Saudi prince held at airport: Saudi Prince Drug Smuggling
Published: October 28, 2015
Saudi prince held at airport: Saudi Prince Drug Smuggling, A member of Saudi Arabia’s royal family was detained at the Beirut, Lebanon, airport over an alleged attempt to smuggle drugs out of the country on a private plane, a security source told CNN.
The prince was among five Saudi nationals arrested Monday after being accused of trying to transport 2 tons of Captagon amphetamine pills onto a plane bound for Saudi Arabia, according to the official Lebanese National News Agency.
It was the largest drug bust ever conducted at the Beirut-Rafik Hariri International Airport, the news agency reported.
The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime says that amphetamines are the most prevalent type of drug used in Saudi Arabia and that reports of amphetamine seizures in the Middle East “refer predominantly to tablets bearing the Captagon logo.”
According to the U.N. office, Captagon is the brand name for a pharmaceutical drug developed in the 1960s. Production was discontinued in the 1980s.
Pharmaceutical Captagon contained a synthetic stimulant called fenethylline. These days, narcotic manufacturers are producing counterfeit Captagon tablets, stamped with the Captagon logo, but containing amphetamine as well as other chemicals, the U.N. office says.
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