Lebanese cops have arrested two PUBG players after they were contacted by a young woman using the bestselling online game and allegedly coaxed into selling drugs for her.
Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) is one of the bestselling online games of all time, with over 400 million players in total including those using it online.
But the opportunity of so many people gathered in one place is also seemingly attracting criminals, which in this case involved the young woman looking to find potential dealers to sell drugs in the Beqaa Valley region, in eastern Lebanon.
The game’s incredible popularity has led to it being banned in some countries such as India, Nepal and Iraq because of the level of addiction displayed by younger players.
Now it is likely to be further under fire after it was discovered that the young woman had managed to recruit the two men, who were not named but were aged respectively 20 and 21, who were persuaded to start selling drugs.
The unnamed suspects who were arrested in Beirut were found in possession of 57 small bags of cocaine and 370 grams of hashish and confirmed they had been persuaded to start selling the drugs by a girl that they had met through the multiplayer game PUBG.
Police released this photo showing the drugs displayed on a table together with an image of one of the men standing against the wall. The girl has not yet been identified and it is unclear if she was part of a larger network.
A police spokesman said: “A police investigation that was tracking a network of drug dealers in southern Beirut resulted in information on recruitment activities via PUBG video game. This in turn led to the arrest of two suspects with cocaine and hashish in their possession.”
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