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ISF seizes hashish hidden in wooden statue of Baalbeck temple

ISF seizes hashish hidden in wooden statue of Baalbeck temple

The 12.5 kilograms of hashish the ISF says it discovered in a wooden statue. (Credit: @LebISF/Twitter)

BEIRUT — The Internal Security Forces announced Friday that it seized 12.8 kilograms of hashish hidden in a wooden figurine of the Baalbeck temple intended to be smuggled to an unnamed European country.

Here’s what we know:

    • The ISF said it intercepted a package containing the figurine at a postal office which led to the arrest of a woman who allegedly had mailed it, and a man suspected of being her accomplice. The ISF reportedly also found in the suspects’ possession 250 grams of cocaine hidden inside a wooden cedar statuette.

    • Lebanese authorities have ramped up efforts to curb smuggling amid criticism from Arab countries for its lack of cooperation on the matter. In early May, the ISF seized 5 kilograms of hashish hidden inside a wooden figure, also destined to be smuggled to a European country.  

A wooden statue of a Lebanese cedar, in which the ISF says it found 5 kilograms of hashish in early May 2022. (Credit: @LebISF/Twitter)


BEIRUT — The Internal Security Forces announced Friday that it seized 12.8 kilograms of hashish hidden in a wooden figurine of the Baalbeck temple intended to be smuggled to an unnamed European country.Here’s what we know:    • The ISF said it intercepted a package containing the figurine at a postal office which led to the arrest of a woman who allegedly had mailed it, and a man...