Mohamed Fehmi told local MTV television station during a tour to the Lebanon-Syria border that Interpol is also following a third suspect. He gave no further details, saying only that the case is still under investigation.
In late April, Saudi Arabia announced it had seized over 5 million pills of the amphetamine Captagon hidden in a shipment of pomegranates coming from Lebanon.
Fehmi said that 2,000 pomegranates out of about 80,000 in the shipment were filled with Captagon pills. “It is very difficult to find them without scanners,” Fehmi said.
Asked if the militant Hezbollah group is involved, Fehmi said that according to his security information, they were not.
The United States had accused Hezbollah in the past of being involved in the drugs trade. The militant group strongly denies such charges.
The ban by Saudi Arabia came as Lebanon is undergoing its worst economic crisis in its history.
Lebanon’s Farmers Union called on the kingdom to repeal its decision. It said the mistake of one person or a criminal gang should not be a reason to punish the Lebanese people.