Beirut Airport security arrested on Tuesday a Lebanese-Brazilian national who was carrying nearly a dozen kilograms of cocaine.
At around 1 AM on Tuesday, airport security received information from the General Directorate of Internal Security Forces about an individual transporting drugs to Lebanon through Beirut-Rafik Hariri International Airport.
The security apparatus said in a statement that the individual was coming from Brazil aboard the Qatar Airways trip QR418, adding that it coordinated with the airport’s gendarmerie and customs personnel to arrest him.
The detainee was identified as “A.S.,” a Lebanese national who holds a Brazilian passport. 11 kg of cocaine was seized from him before he was transferred to the competent judicial references.
The Lebanese authorities have repeatedly seized various amounts of cocaine coming in from Brazil over the past few months.
Early in December, the Beirut Airport’s customs department seized 31 kg of the drug, concealed in a bag with a passenger from Brazil.
Less than a month later, a Lebanese national was arrested at the airport for attempting to smuggle around 23 kg of cocaine from the same country.