Authorities in Lebanon arrested Saudi Prince Abdel Mohsen Bin Walid Bin Abdulaziz and four other Saudi citizens in a drug bust operations at the Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut.
According to media reports, the Saudi Prince allegedly attempted to smuggle two tons of amphetamines on his private jet, which was about to depart going Hael, a northern city of Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Prince under interrogation
Lebanese investigators found 40 suitcases of Captagon pills and some cocaine aboard the private jet. Authorities are interrogating the Saudi Prince and the four other suspects.
A source told AFP,”The smuggling operation is the largest one that has been foiled through the Beirut International Airport.” In April, last year, security forces prevented an attempt to smuggle 15 million capsules of Captagon, which were hidden in shipping containers full of corn from the port of Beirut.
Captagon is a brand name for amphetamine phenethylamine, a synthetic psychostimulant, a prohibited drug primarily consumed in the Middle East, particularly in Syria. It has been reported that rebel groups in Syria are funding their insurgency trafficking captagon pills.
Saudi Royal family image
The image of the Royal family of Saudi Arabia was also tainted by another Saudi Prince and a Princess in the past. Last month, Prince Majed bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al was arrested in Los Angeles.
The Saudi Prince was accused of allegedly forcing himself on three female workers and threatened to kill them if they rejected his advances. Authorities did not pursue the charges againts him due to lack of evidence.
In 2013, a Saudi Princess was accused of enslaving a Kenyan woman as a housemaid in Los Angeles. The accusations against the Princess were also dropped.
The House of Saud ruled Saudi Arabia rule Saudi Arabia since 1916. The Royal family promoted Wahhabism, a strict version of Islam that was probibing drinking alcohol, homosexuality, and extra-marital sex.
Previous reports indicated that eight if the surviving sons of the founding monarch of Saudi Arabia were plotting to oust country’s ailing ruler, King Salman.