BEIRUT (AP) – Lebanese authorities have arrested two brothers suspected of drug trafficking in grenade shipments to Saudi Arabia, main the dominion to ban Lebanese fruit and veggies, the outgoing inside minister mentioned on Sunday.
Mohamed Fehmi advised native TV station MTV throughout a go to to the Lebanese-Syrian border that Interpol was additionally following a 3rd suspect. He gave no additional particulars, saying solely that the case was nonetheless underneath investigation.
On the finish of April, Saudi Arabia introduced that it had seized greater than 5 million Captagon amphetamine tablets hidden in a cargo of grenades from Lebanon.
Fehmi mentioned 2,000 out of about 80,000 grenades within the expedition have been crammed with Captagon tablets. “It’s extremely troublesome to seek out them and not using a scanner,” Fehmi mentioned.
When requested if the militant Hezbollah group was concerned, Fehmi mentioned that, in keeping with his safety info, they weren’t.
America had prior to now accused Hezbollah of being concerned in drug trafficking. The militant group strongly denies such accusations.
The Saudi ban got here as Lebanon goes by way of the worst financial disaster in its historical past.
Whereas Saudi Arabia has been a significant supporter of Lebanon, the dominion has additionally been locked right into a regional wrestle with Iran, the principle ally of the highly effective Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. The stress between the 2 regional powers has usually spilled over right into a decision-making impasse in Lebanese politics. Saudi Arabia is among the many Gulf nations which have imposed sanctions on Hezbollah.
The Lebanon Farmers Union referred to as on the dominion to repeal its determination. He mentioned that the error of an individual or a felony gang shouldn’t be a purpose to punish the Lebanese folks.