Security forces confiscated on Thursday dozens of gallons of fuel, prepared for sale on the black market, in a coffee shop in Mount Lebanon.
The Mount Lebanon investigative detachment had received information about a group of people who had been filling up plastic gallons with gasoline and diesel fuel, the Internal Security Forces (ISF) said in a statement on Friday.
The group would tour gas stations in the city of Choueifat and fill their 10-liter gallons before selling them on the black market at exaggerated prices.
After investigating the group’s activity, a patrol from the aforementioned detachment confiscated around 1,400 liters of gasoline and diesel fuel from a coffee shop belonging to one of the culprits.
The confiscated items were handed over to the concerned department to take the necessary legal measures, the ISF said.
In the meantime, investigations into the case are ongoing under the supervision of the judicial authority.
The black market continues to heighten social instability in Lebanon despite the authorities’ efforts to suppress its activities.