Wednesday, 10 May 2017

'Jihad pills' found by Dutch and Italian police

Dutch police are searching for two suspects after a drugs laboratory was found with a large stash of pills favoured by jihadists.

Police have only just revealed the discovery last month of fake "Captagon" pills and say they do not know if they were destined for the Middle East.

Meanwhile, Italy's financial police revealed this week they had uncovered 37.5m pills of another drug, tramadol, also used by Islamist fighters.

The cargo was heading for Libya.

Tramadol is a synthetic opioid-like drug used as a painkiller.
Italian police said the consignment had come from India and would have been used for two purposes:
to help finance Islamist terrorism and for use by jihadist fighters as a stimulant and to heighten resistance to physical stress.

Italy's finance police display pills found in a consignment in Genoa (8 May)

Abuse of tramadol was described by a report this year as "rampant" in the ranks of Boko Haram fighters in Nigeria and to have played a role in "enabling atrocities on both sides of the conflict".

The main ingredient of counterfeit Captagon tablets is usually amphetamine but illegal drug-makers often add caffeine or other substances.

It is widely seen as fuelling the conflict in Syria, as the drug has generated millions of dollars in revenue and has been used by combatants. The drug previously sold as Captagon was a psychostimulant called fenethylline, banned since the 1980s, related to amphetamine.

BBC     News.