A large seizure of the drug Captagon in Italy has revealed the dimensions of unlawful drug manufacturing in Syria.
It is the most important haul ever seized, with a avenue worth of greater than $1bn (£900m) and was adopted by smaller drug raids throughout the Center East, in what seems to be a coordinated effort in opposition to the profitable narcotics commerce probably run by the Syrian regime and its allies.
The amphetamine, Captagon is used recreationally throughout the Center East however can be taken by fighters who say it offers them a sense of invincibility on the frontlines.
The BBC’s Center East correspondent Quentin Sommerville gained unique entry to the medication’ journey to an incinerator.
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