Syria is the Center East’s essential producer of the drug Captagon and Saudi Arabia is the primary shopper market.
Iraqi safety forces seized greater than six million capsules of the amphetamine-type stimulant Captagon, making a number of arrests and breaking apart a drug trafficking ring.
“Round 6.2 million capsules” had been uncovered in a warehouse within the southwest of the capital, Baghdad, the nationwide safety company stated in a press release on Saturday.
Three Iraqi nationals and 4 suspects from different Arab international locations had been arrested in reference to the trafficking community, the company stated, including that the medicine had been destined for distribution “in areas of Baghdad and different provinces”.
Safety forces additionally broke up a second drug ring when three males had 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 may be punishable by the demise penalty in Iraq.
Captagon was the commerce title of a drug initially patented in Germany within the early Nineteen 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 solely produced and consumed within the Center East and is shut to what’s recognized in different international locations as “pace”.
Syria is the Center East’s essential Captagon producer and Saudi Arabia the primary shopper market.
In April 2021, Saudi customs authorities in Jeddah port foiled an try and smuggle in additional than 5.3 million Captagon capsules, which had been hidden in pomegranate shipments from Lebanon.
The drug bust led Saudi Arabia to suspend fruit and vegetable imports from Lebanon, saying shipments had been getting used for drug smuggling and accused Beirut of inaction.
Then in June final yr, Saudi Arabia’s customs foiled an try and smuggle greater than 4.5 million Captagon capsules hidden in a cargo of oranges from an undisclosed nation and an additional 14.4 million capsules had been found hidden in a cargo of iron plates from Lebanon.
The sale and use of medicine in Iraq has soared lately. Safety forces have stepped up operations and make nearly day by day bulletins of seizures or arrests.
Within the first three months of this yr, greater than three million Captagon capsules had been seized by Iraqi authorities.