Police in Italy say they have seized a 14-ton haul of amphetamine pills made by the Daesh terrorist group in Syria, in an operation they described as the biggest seizure of the drug in the world.
The drugs were in the form of 84 million Captagon tablets and worth about one billion euros, hidden in three containers found at the southern Italian port of Salerno, police said in a statement on Wednesday.
Captagon, a brand name, was originally for medical use but illegal versions have been widely used by Daesh terrorists in combat, according to the police.
It said Daesh “finances its terrorist activities mainly by trafficking drugs made in Syria, which in the past few years has become the world’s largest producer of amphetamines.”
The drug, first produced in the West five decades ago to treat hyperactivity, narcolepsy, and depression, is now prohibited in most countries due to its addictive properties.