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Jordan detects a seizable amount of amphetamine haul at Iraq border

Jordan detects a seizable amount of amphetamine haul at Iraq border

Jordan detects a seizable amount of amphetamine haul at Iraq border

Jordan detects a sizable amount of amphetamine haul at Iraq border

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  • Two refrigerated vans were found to contain a total of six million Captagon pills.
  • Jordanian authorities seized one ton of amphetamine pills concealed in date paste.
  • Shoot-to-kill is the military’s stance.
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At the Iraqi border, Jordanian authorities seized one tonne of amphetamine pills concealed in date paste.

Two refrigerated vans were found to contain a total of six million Captagon pills.

According to the Jordanian Customs Department, it was one of the greatest such hauls ever intercepted.

Captagon, known as “the poor man’s cocaine,” is massively produced in Syria, a country that has become a narco-state due to a ten-year war.

The medication, which is frequently combined with coffee, was given to fighters by militant factions at the height of the fighting to increase their bravery.

As the country’s level of poverty increased, a large number of ordinary Syrians joined the trade, which is now worth much more than any legitimate exports.

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Despite denials from the Syrian government, publications have connected influential military and commercial people to the production and sale of Captagon.

Amphetamine is illegally imported into neighbouring nations like Jordan and Lebanon. The Gulf states, which have a sizable market, are frequently the eventual destination.

The most recent seizure took place at the Jordan-Iraq border crossing at Al-Karamah.

There are few specifics. Where the drugs were to be sold and how many people were detained are both unknown.

According to a 2021 study by a Cyprus-based think organisation, the market value of Captagon production in the previous year was roughly $3.5 billion (£2.7 billion; €3.2 billion).

The Jordanian military and drug traffickers are fighting more frequently and bringing in bigger hauls.

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Shoot-to-kill is the military’s stance. The Jordanian army stopped a coordinated attempt to enter the country in January of last year, leading to the deaths of 27 traffickers.

 

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