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International drug trafficking ring: Saudi Arabian Prince is at the center of the drug bust of the century

Posted October 31, 2015 - Drug Cases, Felony Cases

International drug trafficking ring: Saudi Arabian Prince is at the center of the drug bust of the century

Beirut, Lebanon.  In a story that revives memories of the French connection, a Saudi Prince is linked to a record drug bust.  Prince Abdel Mohsen Bin Walid Bin Abdulaziz was among five Saudis detained over seizure of two tons of amphetamines and cocaine at Beirut's airport.   The Saudi prince and his associates were detained in Lebanon after record levels of amphetamines and some cocaine were found.  Security sources said that the prince was detained and questioned after “attempting to smuggle about two tons of Captagon* pills along with some cocaine.”  This alleged smuggling operation is believed to the largest bust in Lebanese history.

The manufacturing of illegal drugs thrives in Lebanon and war-torn Syria.  These areas have become the gateway for drug trafficking throughout the Middle East.  A 2014 United Nation’s report claims that the amphetamine market is on the rise in the Middle East and accounts for more than 50 percent of amphetamine recovered worldwide.  In particular, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Syria are the hot spots for the illegal amphetamine trade.  These source countries ship and distribute amphetamine to a worldwide market.

Security sources state that the drugs had been packed into cases that were waiting to be loaded onto a private plan headed for Saudi Arabia.  Currently, the private plan is being held for evidence and further investigation.  No timetable has been set by Lebanese authorities and no charges have officially been filed.  Currently, the Saudi Prince and his associates are only being detained for further questioning.

Why is this important to Americans?

Saudi Arabia is considered to be a key United States ally in the Middle East and the Saudi Prince’s involvement should cast some doubt into their allegiance.  Follow the following argument below because here is what I mean.  Captagon is an extremely popular drug in the Middle East.  It had been linked to anti-western militant groups in Syria who often trade this drug for weapons.  It has become their de facto source of currency.  These militant groups have also expanded into the manufacture and exportation of a knockoff version of Captagon.  This knockoff or generic version is used in the exchange for weapons and cash.  In short, Captagon was been linked to extreme militant groups who carry anti-American sentiment and it serves as their cash cow.  The illegal drug trade is essential for their funding and existence.

Logically, it can be assumed that the Royal Saudi Prince was going to use this drug bonanza found in the Beirut airport to fund such nefarious activities.  Perhaps, the royal prince was planning nefarious acts that could directly harm the United States and/or its allies.  Hopefully, the Lebanese investigation will shed more light into this matter.  Or perhaps, Lebanese officials will simply attempt to cover up the Saudi Prince’s involvement.  Keep a sharp eye on this story and see if it grows some legs.  If such activity is allowed to continue unchecked, America’s safety and future will be severely compromised.  This drug provides the terrorists with the needed revenue to finance their reigns of terror in the first place.  If you start seeing this drug on the streets of Nashville, there is a strong chance it came from the Middle East. Unfortunately, our government will focus on street level dealers and ignore the greater evil-the role international terrorists.  This is just some food for thought.  Take it for what it is worth. 

-Lee Martin is a nationally recognized DUI and criminal defense attorney.  He provides premier legal services by limiting his caseload exclusively to DUI and criminal matters.  Lee knows how to build a solid defense strategy for your upcoming court date.  Let Lee Martin be your choose as your Nashville area criminal defense lawyer.   If you have pending charges, give him a call at 615-345-1988.

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*Captagon is the brand name for the amphetamine phenethylline (fenethylline).  This drug is commonly used for Attention Deficit Disorder.