May 26. (EUROPE PRESS) –
The customs authorities of Saudi Arabia have announced this Friday the seizure of 460,000 captagon pills, the powerful psychostimulant whose trafficking through the region has registered an extraordinary increase in the last decade, particularly during the escalation of the conflict in Syria, the epicenter of production. of the product.
The shipment has been intercepted in the Saudi port of Duba, hidden inside machinery, and two people who were going to receive the shipment have been arrested, the Saudi customs authority, the Zakat, has reported in a statement, published on its website, without give details about the origin of the shipment.
The seized pills had a street value of between four and eleven million euros, according to estimates by international medical organizations collected by the Arab News portal.
Captagon, developed in the 1950s through a combination of amphetamine and theophylline, was intended to treat depression, attention deficit disorder, and narcolepsy, although an increase has been detected in recent years. of its use in war zones and within the ranks of jihadist groups.