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UAE busts 4.5 million Captagon pills in food cans after smuggler arrest 

Amphetamine fenethylline, known by its brand name Captagon, has increasingly become the drug of choice among youth in Gulf Arab states.
Officers of the Directorate of Narcotics Control of the Interior Ministry sort through tablets of Captagon seized during a special operation and presented before AFP afterward, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, March 1, 2022.

DUBAI — Abu Dhabi police announced on Tuesday the arrest of a smuggler attempting to move 4.5 million tablets of the drug Captagon hidden in food cans to a neighboring country.

The arrest was made after a successful sting operation to monitor the suspect’s movements. It followed a tip that someone was attempting to bring the Captagon pills into the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as an intermediary destination before sending the drugs to a different country, according to a Facebook post by Abu Dhabi police authorities.

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