Dubai Police arrests ‘lemon’ drug smugglers

Dubai Police said on Thursday that they have arrested four people “of Arab nationality” for trying to smuggle millions of dollars worth of Captagon pills hidden in plastic lemons into the UAE.

Captagon is an amphetamine-type stimulant manufactured mostly in Lebanon, although probably also in Iraq and Syria, and most of which is bound for Saudi Arabia.

drugs, which officers You Police Major General Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansoori said a street value of $15.8 million was seized following a tip-off the news agency said.

A total of 1,160,500 bullets were seized.

Mansoori said the illegal pills were “hidden in a shipment of lemons inside an incoming refrigerated container in counterfeit lemons”.

Four suspects living in the UAE – “all citizens of the same Arab country” – were arrested.

Police said there were “3,840 boxes of lemons inside the refrigerated container, of which 66 contained fake lemons containing Captagon pills”.

He released a video of the search, showing boxes with markings indicating his native Lebanon. Lebanon is often criticized by Gulf countries for not cooperating in the war on drugs, particularly the Captagon.

Saudi Arabia in April announced It was suspending imports of fruits and vegetables from Lebanon after more than five million Captagon pills hidden in fruits were confiscated.

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And in June, tin sheets and more than 14 million amphetamine tablets originating from Lebanon were confiscated in the state.

In October, Saudi Arabia denounced Lebanon’s failure to “stop the export of the drug crisis” to the country.