Lebanese authorities seize millions of smuggled pills

November 26, 2007 19:22


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Lebanese customs authorities on Monday seized more than 2 million illegal pills that were allegedly being smuggled from Syria to Qatar, the state-run National News Agency and security officials said. The Captagon pills - an amphetamine-like medication - were hidden in different parts of a bus that came from Syria, NNA said. The drugs were discovered when the bus was scanned at the Beirut Port before it was to be put on a ship going to Qatar, the agency said. Authorities showed an Associated Press photographer about 15 sealed sacks and several boxes that they said were filled with pills. Security officials said after the bus was scanned, dogs were brought to check the vehicle. The first group of dogs sniffed for explosives and found nothing, but drug sniffing dogs later found the pills, which were hidden mainly under the seats.

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