Lebanon COs confiscate hash-filled halawa

The third incident of its kind in less than two months at Zahle's prison


The Daily Star

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Corrections officers in confiscated 20 grams of hash found hidden inside a sweets box Friday, the latest in a series of drug-concealing food products that have been smuggled into Lebanese prisons.

The third incident of its kind in less than two months at Zahle’s prison, this attempt was preceded by a hash-filled cucumber earlier in August and a pizza containing a large quantity of cannabis in July.

Coming in different types and flavors, halawa is a dense, sweet confection that is very popular in the Middle East. (Photo The Daily Star)
Coming in different types and flavors, halawa is a dense, sweet confection that is very popular in the Middle East. (Photo The Daily Star)

Yogurt, labneh and pistachio nuts have also been among the food products used as creative methods of smuggling drugs into Lebanese prisons.

According to a security source, the recent series of busts are part of a plan to crackdown on the drug market that is prevalent in the country's underequipped and overpopulated prisons.

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