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Customs seizes 6m Captagon pills at Iraq border

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(Photo: Customs Department)
AMMAN — The Customs Department Sunday seized 6 million Captagon pills — equivalent to around 1,000kg — at the Iraq-Jordan border crossing Al-Karamah, in what is believed to be one of the Kingdom’s biggest drug seizures. اضافة اعلان

A spokesman for the Jordanian Customs Service said that customs cadres working at the border post, in cooperation with the security forces, were able to thwart the smuggling attempt after the drugs were discovered inside date paste boxes.



The pills were being smuggled in two refrigerated trucks that held a foreign number plate, Al-Ghad News reported.

Captagon, an amphetamine stimulant, is addictive and can cause severe health and psychological problems that may end in death. It is prohibited internationally but has a large market in the Middle East.

Syria is known to mass produce the drug, with it being dubbed “Syria’s biggest export”. Drug manufacturing in Syria is supervised and protected by armed militias loyal to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad militias.

According to a recent estimate by AFP, Captagon exports from Syria have spawned an illegal $10 billion industry.

The Kingdom has increasingly stiffened border controls and amplified efforts to combat drug trafficking over the last few years.

On December 15, State Security Court sentenced a person to a 20-year jail term and fined him JD20,000, while two others were sentenced to 10 years and fined an amount of JD10,000 for smuggling about 2 million Captagon pills from a neighboring country. 


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