Syria Insight: Assad regime captagon trade goes unchallenged

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In 2020, Italian police seized tens of millions of captagon pills at Salerno port with an estimated street value of $1 billion, one of the biggest drug busts in history. The departure point for the cargo, the Syrian port of Latakia, and the size of the stash, around 84 million pills, pointed to one thing – state collusion. For reasons unknown, Italian authorities blamed the embattled Islamic State (IS) group for the amphetamine haul but analysts quickly pointed out the probable involvement of the Syrian regime in the operation. Since then, tons of the drug have been uncovered in other parts of…

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