Despite legalizing farming cannabis for medical use last year, Lebanese police have announced arresting a number of individuals connected to a drug ring, one that has been using the Lebanese manakish to smuggle pot into Europe and neighboring Arab countries.
عملية نوعية لمكتب مكافحة المخدرات المركزي والمجموعة الخاصة نتج عنها تفكيك شبكة منظمة لتهريب المخدرات بطريقة مبتكرة داخل افران للمناقيش الى عدة دول وتوقيف العقل المدبر وضبط كمية كبيرة منها #قوى_الأمن https://t.co/zKj6SlGUW0 pic.twitter.com/W5bKqp0DZM— قوى الامن الداخلي (@LebISF) February 20, 2021
Translation: "A special operation for The Central Directorate for Drug Control and the special group has successfully dismantled an organized network of drug smugglers inside manakish bakeries, one that has been sending drugs to several countries. We have successfully arrested the mastermind and seized large amounts of drugs."
According to the police, the ring has been covering its activity in a bakery that has been thought to be producing manakish, the famous pastry made across the Levant and consumed during breakfast in the region.
The news of the innovative smuggling technique has gone viral online as people expressed their astonishment at how drug dealers have come to use the most traditional Lebanese foods to fulfill their goals.
#Lebanon : Mana’eesh used to smuggle drugs? Police break up network using export of ovens to bake mana’eesh to smuggle hashish abroad Novel way of combining 2 of Lebanon’s top products... #مناقيش #حشيش https://t.co/GmMI46nOVL— sebastian usher (@sebusher) February 20, 2021
Despite the legal challenges, Lebanon has been one of the largest producers of cannabis in the Middle East, which has urged the parliament to pass a new law last July, legalizing its farming only for medical use.
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