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Syrian authorities seize Captagon disguised as pottery

The Syrian government has also been accused of facilitating the Captagon trade.

Syria’s Ministry of the Interior announced another Captagon drug bust Monday.

The ministry said in a statement that it seized 24 kilograms (53 pounds) of Captagon after receiving a tip and arresting the alleged drug dealer. The substance was apparently molded into the form of pottery plates under a brown coating.

What it is: Captagon is an amphetamine-type drug widely used in the Middle East. It gained notoriety for its use by Islamic State fighters in battle from 2014 onward. 

Why it matters: Syria is on the front lines of the Middle East’s drug war, especially with regard to Captagon. In June, Syrian authorities announced a record 2.3-ton seizure of the drug. 

The Syrian government has also been implicated in the Captagon trade. In May, a Jordanian diplomat accused Syrian army soldiers of supporting Captagon smuggling into Jordan. 

Know more: Captagon is prevalent throughout the region. Saudi Arabia has a particularly large drug addiction problem, and authorities there regularly thwart Captagon smuggling attempts. 

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