Saudi prince held in record Beirut airport drug bust

Published: October 26, 2015


BEIRUT: A Saudi prince and four others were detained on Monday in Lebanon in the largest drug bust in the history of the Beirut airport, a security source said.

Saudi prince Abdel Mohsen Bin Walid Bin Abdulaziz and four others were detained by airport security while allegedly “attempting to smuggle about two tons of Captagon pills and some cocaine,” a security source told AFP.

“The smuggling operation is the largest one that has been foiled through the Beirut International Airport,” the source said on condition of anonymity.

Captagon is the brand name for the amphetamine phenethylline, a synthetic stimulant. The banned drug is consumed mainly in the Middle East and has reportedly been widely used by fighters in Syria.

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The security source said the drugs had been packed into cases that were waiting to be loaded onto a private plane that was headed to Saudi Arabia.

The five Saudi citizens were still in the airport and would be questioned by Lebanon’s customs authority, the source added.

In April 2014, security forces foiled an attempt to smuggle 15 million capsules of Captagon hidden in shipping containers full of corn from Beirut’s port.

Lebanon’s state news agency also reported Monday’s drug bust, saying the private plane was to head to Riyadh and was carrying 40 suitcases full of Captagon.

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Saudi Arabia’s large royal family has had past run-ins with authorities in various countries.

Late last month, a Saudi prince was arrested in Los Angeles for allegedly trying to force a woman to perform oral sex on him at a Beverly Hills mansion.

But authorities decided not to pursue the charge, citing a lack of evidence. In 2013, a Saudi princess was accused in Los Angeles of enslaving a Kenyan woman as a housemaid, but the charges were also eventually dropped.

Earlier this year, a report claimed that the convoy of the son of the Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz prompted the stampede that killed hundreds of pilgrims in Mina on Thursday.

Saudi prince’s convoy triggered Hajj stampede: report

Citing a report published in a Lebanese daily, Press TV claimed the convoy of Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud played a central role in the deadly crush on the third day of the annual Hajj pilgrimage.

Despite the reports, Saudi Arabia’s prince Turki al-Faisal rejected the idea of sharing the administration of the annual Hajj pilgrimage with other Muslim nations, amid calls from Iran for an independent body to manage Hajj.

“Oversight of these Holy places and the Hajj is a matter of sovereignty and privilege and service,” the Saudi prince said.

Saudi Arabia may run out of financial assets in five years’ time if current spending policies are maintained, the International Monetary Fund has warned.

Saudi Arabia may run out of financial assets in 5 years, warns IMF

The slump in oil prices has led to Saudi Arabia’s fiscal health coming under pressure, the IMF said. The kingdom will post a budget deficit of more than 20 per cent of gross domestic product this year, amounting to between $100 billion to $150 billion, according to the lender’s estimates.

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  • Hameed
    Oct 26, 2015 - 6:26PM

    No worries. He would be let out like the sexual assault Saudi Prince in US.Recommend

  • Saad
    Oct 26, 2015 - 7:09PM

    Another noble Saudi Prince!Recommend

  • brar
    Oct 26, 2015 - 7:33PM

    Who will cut his head ?Recommend

  • Jahil
    Oct 26, 2015 - 7:36PM

    MaaShaAllah, Saudi brand of Islam in action. What a shame these filthy rich royals are dealing drugs to make more money.Recommend

  • Princey
    Oct 26, 2015 - 7:42PM

    NEPRA, put a stop to such anti Saudi news. You have already been cautioned.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Oct 26, 2015 - 7:56PM

    Arab princess have been transporting loads of drugs from Pak-Afghan border areas in their private jets for ages when they arrive there on the pretext of hunting migratory birds from Siberia. They even constructed the famous shamsi airbase for the landing of their luxury jets. Chaghi area in Balochistan, close to Afghan border is their main area of interest.Recommend

    Oct 26, 2015 - 8:20PM

    There will be no death sentence for the prince as would be the case for anyone else, hypocritesRecommend

  • Skywalker
    Oct 26, 2015 - 8:29PM

    These things were always happening but they were shoved under the carpet. Now with Iran coming into picture it is time to put KSA hegemony to end. This is how it starts.
    People will ask for him to be beheaded and if that does not happen, many will cry for fair justice, and we know how turmoil follows.Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Oct 26, 2015 - 8:44PM

    One day, I would like to see a Saudi prince caught in Iran trying to smuggle drugs. Only Iran can do what US and India could not do or would not do. Recommend

  • frank
    Oct 26, 2015 - 9:04PM

    so these guys are the caretakers of our holy city, they manage hajj? should some religious leader issue a fatwa against themRecommend

  • Dismay
    Oct 26, 2015 - 9:18PM

    sadly the future Khadim harmain sharifain.Recommend

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Oct 26, 2015 - 9:19PM

    @brar: That, my friend, is a moot point, given a lack of brains in that head…Recommend

  • bash gul
    Oct 26, 2015 - 9:24PM

    They are not content with the petro dollars, now turning to drug smuggling. He is a prince, he can do anything he wants#####Recommend

  • Stranger
    Oct 26, 2015 - 9:56PM

    wow unbelievable . so much drugs … for what … to last how long … ? the quantity is mind boggling . Err … I thought in KSA the crime for drug … taking or smuggling is instant death …. Recommend

  • Babbarsher Khan
    Oct 26, 2015 - 9:57PM

    Finally chasm-e-chiraags of Al-Saud are bringing the great family to the 21st century!Recommend

  • Al
    Oct 26, 2015 - 10:13PM

    “Im a prince and I do what I want" was (as sourced in media) said by the prince arrested in US not the prince arrested in Beirut. Media shouldnt misinform readers. Not every prince of Saudi is the same or thinks the same way and should not be judged only by the fact they have the same name. It is far more complicated that this.Recommend

  • Babloo
    Oct 26, 2015 - 10:24PM

    Will he be beheaded ??
    Guess not. Just walk free and go home and behead few Pakistanis.
    You think Saudis were any better 1400 years ago ?Recommend

  • Sara Khan
    Oct 26, 2015 - 11:01PM

    Saudi Royals… the start of their endRecommend

  • Meanwhile
    Oct 26, 2015 - 11:20PM

    Meanwhile they display the beheadings of framed Pakistani so called mules to keep their public passive.

    While their princes fly suitcases in.Recommend

  • Princey
    Oct 26, 2015 - 11:37PM

    @Al: your highness, so how should your errant brother be punishedRecommend

  • Akbar
    Oct 26, 2015 - 11:55PM

    I smell a conspiracy. Why? Because theres an article in huff post last week that theres revolt going on among the Saudi Princes as many of them are unhappy with the current king.

    Otherwise, why would a Saudi Prince with all his riches do drug smuggling when he can buy all that he wants! Also if required, the Saudi Prince can go to Pakistan or Afghanistan where drug supply is in abundance and literally he can have a free run.

    Something isn`t right.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Oct 27, 2015 - 12:05AM

    The news is that Saudi Arabia is going through difficult economic times…….so the prince thought he was doing a patriotic duty…after all a prince can do as he wishes especially if he’s a Saudi. Recommend

  • Jamil
    Oct 27, 2015 - 12:16AM

    Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. That is a fact. These guys must have always been like this but their deeds have always been covered up by others who stood to benefit from it. Lately, more and more of these reports have been coming to light. This is no accident. Someone is after them now and the global opinion is being steered in that direction. I think a regime change in KSA is afoot.

    And while this happens, GoP will keep kissing the royal posteriors until quasi-democratic posteriors replace them. And then they’ll start kissing those.Recommend

  • Tahir Khan
    Oct 27, 2015 - 12:20AM

    His home country relishes decapitating drug smugglers with no chance of escaping it.
    We are all equal in Islam, he should face decapitation as others and send a lesson to other Princes.Recommend

  • Amir
    Oct 27, 2015 - 12:41AM

    Our seminary scholars look up to KSA royaltyRecommend

  • Puppet
    Oct 27, 2015 - 1:29AM

    These Saudi Royals are the worst hypocrites in the world.Recommend

  • Zedd
    Oct 27, 2015 - 2:36AM

    From Lebanon? No wayRecommend

  • Hansel
    Oct 27, 2015 - 2:42AM

    Difference between other systems and the american system is that in america you can pay bail out of almost any charge. This keeps the rich out of jail and the poor inside. #capitalismRecommend

  • Dsvstheworld
    Oct 27, 2015 - 3:08AM

    Keep buying SUVs and keep chugging that oil America. You are the ones who make these people rich.

    The day we go to full electric, wind and other alternative fuel is the day we stop sending $836 Billion overseas for oil. Terrorists love our oil addiction.Recommend

  • Kolsat
    Oct 27, 2015 - 3:25AM

    @Saad: This what happens when you have lots of money and nothing to do. At last count there are several hundred of such so called Saudi Royals (men and women) spread around the western nations of USA, UK and France. The Western nations are scared of Saudis and that is why these royals are allowed to go freely.Recommend

  • Ajay
    Oct 27, 2015 - 3:57AM

    @Ahmed: will Pakistan Authorities ever have the guts to challenge such scoundrel Saudis?Recommend

  • Mrs HighBall
    Oct 27, 2015 - 5:32AM

    @Akbar: Check your drawers first, maybe that’s what you’re smelling..?Recommend

  • Propaganda at its best
    Oct 27, 2015 - 8:24AM

    Agenda : keep posting all negative stories about Saudis … Goal eventually Pakistanis will
    Begin to hate Saudis ….

    Previous agenda : dump as many stories of people in north Pakistan fighting military
    Operations funded by great America ….see results for yourself….iRecommend

  • Ahmed
    Oct 27, 2015 - 9:15AM

    @Ajay District Administration escorts the royal guests from the airport to their camps where no ordinary soul can enter. Even the order of Supreme Court regarding ban on hunting has been given any importance by these officials and local notables. There are factories along the Pak-Afghan border which produce drugs of high quality. It takes only couple of hours to transport them to their private jets with no checking or hurdle at all.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Oct 27, 2015 - 9:21AM

    Interestingly Urdu press and electronic media has completely blacked out this news. Crimes committed by Saudi royals and diplomats are never reported in Pakistani Urdu media. Recommend

  • Last Word
    Oct 27, 2015 - 10:12AM

    Saudi Arabia beheaded hundreds of Pakistanis carrying drugs. The princes belonging to the sacred land should be setting examples to fellow Muslims than committing such heinous crimes themselves. This hypocrisy in the name of religion must end and the draconic punishments should be equally applied to the royal family members or scrapped altogether. Recommend

  • guna
    Oct 27, 2015 - 11:41AM

    Your logic is sound but strange are the ways of rich that is too ultra rich.Recommend

  • Aahjiz BayNawa
    Oct 27, 2015 - 8:35PM

    Stereotyping/typecasting/pigeonholing Saudis is logically fallacious. All Saudis, including the royals, are not drug smugglers of drug addicts. Painting all Saudis with the same brush smacks of a lack of objectivity.Recommend

  • Srehman
    Oct 27, 2015 - 8:43PM

    Now will the Saudi government behead this princeRecommend

  • xulfjan
    Oct 27, 2015 - 11:03PM

    @Akbar: Because they are a sick lot!!Recommend

  • Hasan
    Oct 28, 2015 - 4:03AM

    Give the prince same punishment that given to drug dealers in Saudi Arabia.Recommend

  • Taimoor
    Oct 28, 2015 - 3:14PM

    There should be dire consequences and prosecution for such criminal activity regardless of social status and immunity protocols. That said, i would personally be glad if the Saudi Arabian government inflicts the same measures of punishment for the Prince as they do for other individuals residing in the country. Royalty or not, every individual deserves the same treatment and if the Saudi government is relentless in dropping all charges, then my apologies for saying that the monarchy is as corrupt as other politicians in the world who would not prosecute their own. Leave the religious connotations with Saudi Arabia behind and focus on justice for once!Recommend

  • Oct 28, 2015 - 11:47PM

    That is why we need democracy in Saudi arabia not monarchy. If democracy comes foreigners will get citizenship and they will takeover the country which will finally give women’s a permission to drive, It is the biggest fear of saudis because they can’t do anything by themselves. Well anyways Saudis are western puppies what west say they will do and what west doesn’t say they will not do. Recommend

  • jamor
    Nov 29, 2015 - 4:33PM

    @Raj – USA:
    There is a Saudi prince who will be arrested if he travels to the US or France.He was found guilty of transporting 2 tons of cocaine from South American country to France in his private plane.He escaped to SA before charges could be filedRecommend

  • delhuss
    Jan 5, 2016 - 3:05AM

    The bumlickers in the british government would never allow reports of this incident to be published in their local media for fear of offending their puppets in the kingdom of Rowdies.Too many jobs in the death dealing weapons industry depend on it!Recommend

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