Italy seizes 14 tons of ISIS-made amphetamines from Syria: Police

This photo by the Naples branch of the Italian Guardia di Finanza law enforcement agency shows a record seizure of 14 tons of amphetamines, produced in Syria by the ISIS Group. (AFP / Guardia di Finanza handout)

Italian police said Wednesday they have seized a world record 14-ton haul of amphetamines made by the ISIS group in Syria.

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The drug, in the form of 84 million Captagon tablets, was worth about one billion euros, police said in a statement, describing the operation as “the biggest seizure of amphetamines in the world.”

“We know that the Islamic State (ISIS) finances its terrorist activities mainly by trafficking drugs made in Syria which in the past few years has become the world's largest producer of amphetamines,” the statement added.

The shipment was hidden in three containers found in the port of Salerno, just south of Naples.

Captagon, a brand name, was originally for medical use but illegal versions have been dubbed “the Jihad Drug” – after being widely used by ISIS fighters in combat – the police said.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 01 July 2020 KSA 12:33 - GMT 09:33
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