3 Drug Smuggling Operations Foiled at Beirut Airport in 24 Hours

Customs agents at Rafik Hariri International Airport thwarted on Sunday an attempt to smuggle narcotic pills, in the third such operation in the past 24 hours, the state-run National News Agency reported.

NNA said the agents arrested an Egyptian arriving from Cairo at around 1:30 am after finding 2,050 red-colored pills inside two icons made of wood.

The drugs weighed around 650 grams, it said.

Hours earlier, the agents apprehended a Nigerian coming from Brazil via Abu Dhabi after they found 3.6 kilograms of cocaine in his bag.

The drugs were hidden in 44 cigar tubes, NNA said.

The man was trying to smuggle the drugs to Abidjan. He was on a transit in Beirut.

Also Saturday, a Brazilian transit passenger was arrested for hiding 3 kilograms of cocaine in two paper bags attached to his underwear.

The three suspects have been referred to the Central Anti-Drug office in Beirut for further investigation.

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