Syria is the Center East’s most important producer of the drug Captagon and Saudi Arabia is the primary shopper market.
Iraqi safety forces seized greater than six million tablets of the amphetamine-type stimulant Captagon, making a number of arrests and breaking apart a drug trafficking ring.
“Round 6.2 million tablets” have been uncovered in a warehouse within the southwest of the capital, Baghdad, the nationwide safety company stated in an announcement on Saturday.
Three Iraqi nationals and 4 suspects from different Arab international locations have been arrested in reference to the trafficking community, the company stated, including that the medication have been destined for distribution “in areas of Baghdad and different provinces”.
Safety forces additionally broke up a second drug ring when three males have been arrested with six kilogrammes (13 kilos) of cannabis.
All 10 suspects “admitted to hyperlinks with worldwide drug trafficking networks”, the company stated.
Drug trafficking convictions could be punishable by the demise penalty in Iraq.
Captagon was the commerce title of a drug initially patented in Germany within the early Sixties that contained an amphetamine-type stimulant referred to as fenethylline used to deal with consideration deficit and narcolepsy amongst different circumstances.
The drug was later banned and have become a bootleg substance nearly completely produced and consumed within the Center East and is shut to what’s recognized in different international locations as “velocity”.
Syria is the Center East’s most important Captagon producer and Saudi Arabia the primary shopper market.
In April 2021, Saudi customs authorities in Jeddah port foiled an try to smuggle in additional than 5.3 million Captagon tablets, which have been hidden in pomegranate shipments from Lebanon.
The drug bust led Saudi Arabia to suspend fruit and vegetable imports from Lebanon, saying shipments have been getting used for drug smuggling and accused Beirut of inaction.
Then in June final yr, Saudi Arabia’s customs foiled an try to smuggle greater than 4.5 million Captagon tablets hidden in a cargo of oranges from an undisclosed nation and an additional 14.4 million tablets have been found hidden in a cargo of iron plates from Lebanon.
The sale and use of medicine in Iraq has soared in recent times. Safety forces have stepped up operations and make nearly each day bulletins of seizures or arrests.
Within the first three months of this yr, greater than three million Captagon tablets have been seized by Iraqi authorities.