BEIRUT 🇱🇧 : Lebanon’s drug trade booms with help from Hezbollah’s Captagon connection

Lebanese security forces say they have launched dozens of operations in recent months in search of laboratories manufacturing Captagon pills, while closely monitoring coastal and land borders with Syria in an effort to identify smuggling routes.

The country’s fight against drugs, though, is an uphill battle amid multiple overlapping crises, notably its economic collapse and political paralysis.

And the elephant in the room is Hezbollah: Many suspect the Iran-backed Lebanese militant group facilitates the illicit drug trade to finance its operations while maintaining plausible deniability.


Captagon is an amphetamine, and one of the most commonly used drugs on Middle East battlefields.



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