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Miss Lebanon 2016 to lose title after drug arrest

International Business Times (AU) logoInternational Business Times (AU) 3/01/2017 Garima Satija

Miss Lebanon Emigrant Australia 2016 Najah Ghamrawi. © Facebook Miss Lebanon Emigrant Australia 2016 Najah Ghamrawi. Miss Lebanon Emigrant Australia 2016 Najah Ghamrawi will soon lose the title following being allegedly caught up in a drug bust. The pageant organisers have been trying to contact her but she is apparently not answering their calls and emails.

The 18-year-old was arrested while driving hazardously through Western Sydney (Bankstown) on Dec. 21. The police chased her. However, she only pulled over at Derribong Street of Villawood after the tyre of her vehicle burst. The incident took place at 11:45PM.

She was accompanied by a 20-year-old male passenger, who was also questioned by the police. After searching the car, officers seized 22g of meth as well as some cash. Following which, the man was charged with supplying drugs as well as dealing with the proceeds of crime. He was granted bail and was asked to appear in Burwood Local Court on Feb. 22 in the same regard. However, Ghamrawi was saved from any drug offence. Instead, the beauty queen was fined more than $1,350 for not wearing the seat belt and not displaying P-plates.

After the incident, the organisers of Miss Lebanon Emigrant Australia have been trying to reach Ghamrawi through phone calls and e-mails but she has failed to answer any of them. The organisers have announced that they are disappointed by her behaviour. They want to speak to her in order to confirm the news so that they can strip her of the title. They don’t want her to set a wrong example.

“The man was charged with supplying a prohibited drug and dealing with property proceeds of crime. The woman was issued with a number of infringements totalling more than $1000,” a NSW Police spokesman said.

While NSW police have confirmed about Ghamrawi’s arrest, her aunt has refused the allegations. “These are completely false allegations. Najah was not in a car and was not taken to a police station. It’s complete rubbish,” she told the The Daily Telegraph. Ghamrawi’s mother Linda also mailed the organisers that the allegations made against her daughter were “incorrect.”

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