Today, the Italian police said that they have seized a world record 14-tonne haul of amphetamines made by the Islamic State group in Syria. The drug was in the form of 84 million Captagon tablets which are worth about one billion euros, said the police.
“We know that the Islamic State 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,” a police statement said.
They described the operation as “the biggest seizure of amphetamines in the world”. The shipment was hidden in three containers found in the port of Salerno, just south of Naples.
The brand Captagon was originally for medical use but illegal versions have been dubbed “the Jihad Drug” — after being widely used by IS fighters in combat — the police said