Lebanon: police sting on Syrian antiquities smuggler-dealers

Following up on their investigation into the Syrian-Lebanese antiquities-for-arms trade, an undercover Sunday Times reporter and a special security unit within the Lebanese immigration police conducted a sting on a Syrian antiquities smuggler; subsequent police raids captured four other suspects. Brilliantly, having posed as buyers to elicit information from dealers, they went back and posed as dealers to elicit offers of illicit antiquities from the dealers’ source smugglers.

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