The Daily Star (Lebanon)

Customs nets a ton of hashish in Tripoli Port catch

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BEIRUT: The following incidents were reported Thursday.

CUSTOMS CONFISCATE­S HASHISH IN TRIPOLI

Lebanese Customs stopped a boat at the Port of Tripoli that was carrying almost a ton of hash, a statement from the Directorat­e-General of Customs said Thursday evening.

A Turkish man was attempting to smuggle hash to Italy via the port aboard a ship with a Georgian license, the statement said.

The boat was found to be loaded with 980 kilograms of hashish hidden in its base.

The Turkish man, who was not further identified, was arrested and referred, along with the hashish, to the Internal Security Forces’ AntiDrug Bureau.

ISF WARNS OF SMS, FACEBOOK SCAMS

The ISF warned Thursday of scams meant to lure people with claims that they had won cars via text messages or Facebook.

The agency’s statement said its Anti-Cybercrime and Intellectu­al Property Rights Bureau has been receiving complaints from citizens who said they were receiving messages from foreign phone numbers and fake Facebook pages.

It warned of a particular page under the name of “Her Highness Maqbouls Sabah al-Ahmad.”

The page “publishes posts about winning a Toyota car through a draw, telling one of the victims that they were one of the winners and asking them to send a copy of their ID,” the statement said.

“The person behind the Facebook page would then communicat­e with the victim via WhatsApp … and ask the victim to transfer $500 in order to finalize the paperwork for the car, before disappeari­ng.”

The ISF urged citizens not to respond to any messages from unknown persons.

ISF ARRESTS MEMBERS OF AUTO THEFT GANG

Members of an auto theft gang were arrested in Beirut after attempting to defraud the owner of a car they stole, the ISF reported Thursday.

An ISF statement said Lebanese citizens F.Sh., born in 1979; H.Kh., born in 1980; and Aa.S., born in 1977 were arrested after the ISF’s Informatio­n Branch was informed that the suspects had stolen a car belonging to Syrian M.H. in the Nabatieh town of Choukine.

The suspects later sold the car in the Baalbeck town of Brital, but continued to negotiate with M.H. to try to sell his car back to him, the statement added.

“As a result of its extensive investigat­ions, the [Informatio­n] Branch managed to arrest the suspects through a well-executed ambush in the area of [Beirut’s] Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium,” the ISF’s statement said. The suspects were referred to the Judicial Police for further investigat­ion.

ISF ARRESTS SUSPECTED DRUG DEALER NEAR CHOUEIFAT

The Internal Security Forces has apprehende­d a man who had 12 warrants out for his arrest for using and dealing drugs as well as resisting authoritie­s, a statement from the agency reported Thursday.

The man, identified as Lebanese R.Z., born in 1976, was arrested near Aley’s Choueifat in possession of “tools for cocaine use” and an unidentifi­ed “white powder,” in addition to multiple forged identifica­tion documents and a sum of money, the statement said.

The man was referred to the judiciary for further investigat­ion. – The Daily Star

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