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Conflict Incident Report

ISF arrest suspect wanted on 72 drug charges

Date of incident: 
January 10, 2018
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Actors/Parties Involved: 
Internal Security Forces (ISF)
Lebanese Civilians

The Internal Security Forces announced the arrest of the suspected leader of a drug dealing gang operating in Beirut and Mount Lebanon.

The suspect, identified as Lebanese national Aa.A., born in 1978, is wanted on 72 drug related charges, ISF said.

He was arrested Jan. 4 during an ISF Information Branch raid on his residence in the Bekaa area of Harbata, the statement said.

While trying to escape from his home, the suspect reportedly suffered a three meter fall, which resulted in a broken leg. He was subsequently arrested by the ISF.

Inside the residence, ISF personnel found one Kalashnikov rifle, cell phones, a bag of cocaine, a book of accounts, a large amount of money and identification papers.

Under interrogation, the suspect reportedly admitted to heading a drug trafficking network in the Beirut and Mount Lebanon area, under the pseudonym Youssef. He also admitted to dealing drugs to a large number of users, the statement said.

Aa.A.’s brother was also arrested on suspicion of drug offenses, the statement said.

The detainees were referred to the judiciary, and work is under way to arrest the other members of the gang, ISF said.

ISF said the arrests came as part of a crackdown on the most dangerous drug dealing networks in these areas of Lebanon.

This security incident was mapped according to the closest possible location.
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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.