A Saudi prince is being held after Lebanese authorities seized two tonnes of amphetamines that were about to be loaded onto his private plane. An official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the amphetamine fenethylline, which goes by the street name Captagon, was taken at a Beirut airport.
The prince and four others were detained following the seizure.
Lebanon is centre of Catagon manfucaturing. The drug is thriving in Syria, and was called the go-to drug of Isis militants, who take it to stay alert during long battles and night missions.
The terror group also sell the drug to help fund their campaign, according to reports.
The U.N. Office of Drugs and Crime said in a 2014 report that the amphetamine market is on the rise in the Middle East, with seizures in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria and a handful of other countries in the region accounting for more than 55 per cent of amphetamines seized worldwide.