Saudi prince Abdel Mohsen Bin Walid Bin Abdulaziz was detained by airport security along with 4 others while allegedly “attempting to smuggle about two tons 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.
The security source said the drugs had been packed into cases that were waiting to be loaded onto a private plane that was headed to Saudi Arabia. Lebanon’s state news agency also reported Monday’s drug bust, saying the private plane was supposed to head to Riyadh and was carrying 40 suitcases full of Captagon.
Captagon, a class of amphetamines is widely used in the Middle East and is believed to be used extensively by the ISIS to fuel their battles. Lebanese psychiatrist, Ramzi Haddad, said that Captagon had “the typical effects of a stimulant”, producing “a kind of euphoria. You’re talkative, you don’t sleep, you don’t eat, you’re energetic.”