What happened this week in Lebanon with a Saudi prince?
The facts: Saudi prince is being accused of royally mishandling its position.
#Saudi prince detained in the largest drug bust in Beirut airport's history. 2 tonnes of Captagon pills + cocaine. pic.twitter.com/lonEFkVrIg
— Haidar Sumeri (@IraqiSecurity) 26 Octobre 2015
Prince Abdel Mohsen bin Walid bin Abdulaziz was detained Monday along for allegedly trying to fly two tons of drugs out of Lebanon aboard his private plane at Beirut International Airport, according to multiple reports.
“The smuggling operating is the largest one that has been foiled through the Beirut International Airport,” a source told Agence France-Presse.
Airport security seized 40 suitcases allegedly stuffed with more than 4,000 pounds of the amphetamine Captagon and cocaine.
Prince Abdel, 29, and four others were examined by Lebanon’s customs authority, according to CNN.Lebanese TV station Al Mayadeen also said that 40 packages of drugs, weighing 2 tons in total, were confiscated.
The prince was arrested and taken in for questioning along with the four other people
Captagon — which produces euphoria and hyperactivity — is the brand name for phenethylline, a stimulant popular in the Middle East that is reportedly used by ISIS in Syria.
“The nature of the psychoactive ingredients in such tablets is not always clear, but reports suggest that amphetamine trafficked from South-East Europe is the main ingredient in Captagon tablets found in the consumer markets of the Middle East (notably Saudi Arabia), frequently alongside caffeine,” the U.N. office says on its website.
People are routinely killed in Saudi Arabia for drug offenses. A Pakistani smuggler was executed by government officials just hours after Prince Abdel was busted, according to Salon.
Last month, Prince Majed bin Abdullah bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, was arrested in Los Angeles on Sept. 25 following a wild sex-filled weekend at his Beverly Hills mansion. Felony charges of sexual assault and harassment were dropped by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, but he still faces a few misdemeanors that could land him in the slammer.
Three female former staffers are suing that prince, claiming he forced them to stay at his LA pad and perform various sex acts in late September, according to court documents.
War turns #Syria into major #Captagon producer, consumer (+ a #Saudi prince into a druglord) https://t.co/XiXc6yqABl pic.twitter.com/OB8xGaTm37
— маяковский (@moscow_ghost) 29 Octobre 2015