While the export of fruits and vegetables to Arab Gulf countries makes Lebanon around $55 million a year, it’s a fraction compared to what is generated from drug trafficking.
According to UNODC’s Illicit Synthetic Drug Expert, Martin Raithelhuber, the street value price of Captagon pills in Arab Gulf countries ranges between $10 to $20 per pill.
Assuming that the amphetamine pills were all Captagon, drug traffickers in Lebanon could have made anywhere between $571 million to a whopping $1.1 billion smuggling to Saudi Arabia in the past year alone.
These numbers are just a portion of what drug traffickers in Lebanon are making when they successfully smuggle various types of illicit drugs across the region, including hashish.
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