Airport Authorities in Beirut airport have foiled one of the Country’s largest drug smuggling attempts, seizing two tonnes of the amphetamine fenethylline before they were loaded on to the private plane of a Saudi prince.
The official said the prince and four others had been detained on Monday. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to give official statements.
The manufacture of fenethylline pills thrives in Lebanon and war-torn Syria, which have become a gateway for the drug to the Middle East and particularly the Gulf.
The amphetamine market is on the rise in the Middle East, with Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria accounting for more than 55% of amphetamines seized worldwide.
Fenethylline, also spelled phenethylline and fenetylline, and also known as amphetaminoethyltheophylline and amfetyline, is a chemical linkage of amphetamine and theophylline which behaves as a prodrug to both of the aforementioned drugs
By Maxwell Ashiuloka
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