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Conflict Incident Report

Drug dealer arrested in Zahrani

Date of incident: 
August 5, 2017
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Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Civilians
Internal Security Forces (ISF)

South Lebanon police Saturday arrested a suspected drug dealer in Zahrani after an exchange of gunfire, a source told The Daily Star.

Lebanese national Louay Aa., 26, was driving his car near Zrarieh when a police patrol attempted to stop his car, the source said, adding that Aa. refused to stop.

Police pursued him and fired at the car, which then crashed into an utility pole before the suspect escaped to the nearby bushes on foot, the source continued.

After an exchange of gunfire, Louay was wounded and arrested, the source said, adding that he had seven plastic sachets of Salvia, each weighing 80 grams.

Police also confiscated three pistols and three mobile phones.

The source also said that the suspect had 12 separate arrest warrants, which were previously issued over robbery, drug dealing and threatening police officers.

He was referred to the judiciary and police are currently tracking the suspect’s accomplices including a drug lord, Ali H., who previously operated in Beirut southern suburbs, the source said.

Ali H. is “one of the most prominent drug lords in south Lebanon,” the source explained, adding that he used to operate from Hai al-Jourah in Burj al-Barajneh before fleeing to Zrarieh with Louay Aa.

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Secondary Category: 
Illicit Trade/Trafficking/Smuggling
Classification of conflict (primary): 
Power & governance conflicts
Violent or non-violent conflicts associated with antagonisms related to internal political tensions between local and/or national groups and parties. These tensions may be encouraged by internal, regional and international parties. Such conflicts are characterized by their defiance and/or opposition to central State power and governance.