Friday, August 14, 2020

World record $1 billion worth of ISIS-made drugs buested by Italy

With a plethora of happenings around the world, a drug bust has come into the highlight where Italy seizes a record-breaking $1 billion worth of drugs they say were ‘ISIS-Made’.

With some of the historic drug busts in history including from 21 tons of cocaine being seized in the United States in 1989 to the 4.4 tons MDMA bust in Australia in 2008,  the one currently identified definitely makes a mark considering the claims by Italy of being “ISIS-made”

The world collectively has come a long way in terms of narcotics laws and regulations with the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs that was ratified in 1961, along with the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances and the 1988 Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances.

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Focusing on the details of the current bust, the police in Italy found a record-breaking 15 tons of amphetamines worth $1.12 billion at an Italian port Wednesday they say were produced by terror group ISIS and were likely bound for distribution across Europe by organized crime groups. As the investigation continued by the Polizia Di Stato that is The Police of the State reported the CNN they stopped and searched the ships after intercepting calls by a locally organized crime group that expected the shipment. Looking at the physical size and the street cost the authorities have reported it to be the largest in the world, to summarize large enough to satisfy the entire continent’s appetite for the drug.

Captagon is a brand name for fenethylline hydrochloride, a stimulant originally developed to treat narcolepsy and depression that is popular in the Middle East, according to Reuters, that the Islamic State produces and sells to finance itself. Captagon is known to give people who take it bursts of energy and has reportedly been taken by ISIS fighters themselves to “inhibit fear and pain,” according to a statement from investigators, coming to be known as the “Jihad drug.”

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According to the recent developments, as stated by the police in Italy and Albania, they have arrested 37 members of the organized criminal group seizing narcotic substances worth a street value of 40 million euros. To a surprise, news of the record-breaking seizure follows just one day after Italian and Albanian authorities announced the successful dismantling of a drug trafficking network that had been smuggling marijuana, cocaine, and hashish between the two countries while taking control of the assets worth 4 million Euros which included a coffee production and trading factory, a drinks and alcohol distribution company, 15 apartments and seven large cars.

The outstanding investigation has been possible due to mutuality and friendly cross border relations. The Albanian and Italian authorities present a model of cooperation to deal with international issues and tackle such draconian and large scale rackets for the world.

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