Lebanese Army Clamps Down on ‘Biggest Arms Dealer’

Lebanese army soldiers step down stairs carefully during clashes in the old market of the northern port city of Tripoli, Lebanon, Tuesday May 15, 2012. Lebanese troops deployed Tuesday in tense areas of the northern city of Tripoli after three days of sectarian clashes killed at least six people in a spillover of the 14-month-long conflict in neighboring Syria. The city's fighting camps break down along sectarian and political lines. On one side are Sunni Muslims who support the rebels trying to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad. On the other are members of the tiny Alawite sect, followers of an offshoot of Shiite Islam who are Assad's most loyal supporters. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

The Lebanese army arrested the ‘largest arms dealer’ in Lebanon in the border town of Britel in the Bekaa region, media reports said on Wednesday.

The army staged security raids in the said area and was able arrest the dealer, who was identified as Aahed Mohsen Mazloum, they added.

Mazloum is one of the largest arms dealers in the country, it said.

The army is in a constant battle against outlaws who seek refuge in remote border areas in Lebanon.

In March, it staged raids on residences of the most wanted drug kingpin, Nouh Zoaiter in the Bekaa region in east Lebanon.

Zoaiter is wanted on several arrest warrants including the Interpol.