A new smuggling attempt was busted at Beirut-Rafik Hariri International Airport on Tuesday, the General Directorate of Internal Security Forces (ISF) announced.
In a statement released on Tuesday, the ISF said that its airport security platoon members were able to foil a smuggling attempt involving 15 kilograms of cannabis on November 8th.
The illegal substances were hidden inside two loudspeakers that a 23-year-old Lebanese national, identified as “N.T.,” tried to smuggle through the airport.
The suspect was interrogated by security forces, upon which he admitted to have obtained the cannabis from another Lebanese national, “K.H.,” in the town of Bchamoun, Mount Lebanon.
This prompted an investigation by the Office of Narcotics and Law Enforcement, which located “K.H.” and arrested him on the same date (Nov. 8th) in Mar Mikhail.
Notably, upon searching his house, security forces located 3 kg of cannabis, also stashed inside a loudspeaker.
According to the statement, ISF units eventually reached the individual who supplied “K.H.” with the cannabis: A 36-year-old Lebanese national, who got ambushed and arrested in Hay El-Sellom, Choueifat.
12 kg of cannabis were found with the supplier and he, along with the two aforementioned detainees, was referred to the competent judicial authority.
Around two weeks ago, airport security busted another smuggling attempt involving a loudspeaker, by an Egyptian national who tried to smuggle medicine to Egypt.