Not too long ago, we reported that a member of the Saudi royal family was busted for smuggling a sea of pills through a Beirut Airport. To be exact, the perpetrator has been identified as Saudi Prince Abdel Mohsen Bin Walid Bin Abdulaziz, and he was caught with four other men smuggling close to two tons of the Captagon pills through Beirut International Airport. The capsules were found in cases as they were being prepped to be loaded on to a private jet. The prince has formally been charged by Lebanese authorities with drug smuggling, along with ten others, according to the Express Tribune. Sources say, five of the individuals charged are still at large. Of those five, three are Lebanese and two are Saudi nationals.
Captagon is the brand name for amphetamine phenethylline. The synthetic stimulant is banned in many countries, but it is in high demand in the Middle East. The drug’s biggest users are Syrian soldiers fighting in the conflict being waged in that region. The soldiers use it as fuel to keep the destructive war going, which has killed many and displaced even more.
The pill bust is the largest in the history of Beirut International. However, it is not the first time that Saudi royalty have been on the wrong end of the law in recent history. In September, a Saudi prince was arrested for allegedly attempting to force a woman to perform oral sex on him in a Beverly Hills mansion. In 2013, a Saudi princess was accused forcefully enslaving a Kenyan woman as her housemaid. Charges were dropped in both cases.