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Syria foils drug smuggling attempt to Jordan

Damascus, Sep 20 (Prensa Latina) Syrian security forces confiscated large quantities of drugs in the province of Deraa, 100 kilometers south of the capital, near the border with Jordan.

According to a statement from the Ministry of the Interior, tens of thousands of caffeinated amphetamine (aka “captagon”) tablets hidden in a vehicle on the road between Damascus and Amman were seized.

The arrested drug traffickers confessed that they were trying to take the drugs into Jordanian territory.

Syrian authorities recently stepped up operations against criminal networks, arresting dozens of traffickers and seizing large amounts of drugs.

On September 12th, a truck accident in the province of Homs revealed an attempt to smuggle two tons of hashish and more than three million captagon tablets.

The Syrian government denied the accusations of some Western countries that Syria supports drug trafficking, and attributed the seizure of large quantities of drugs to geographical location, which made Syria a transit country between producer and consumer nations.

It also assured that the increase in consumption is caused to the complex political and security conditions and the use of drugs as one of the tools of terrorism, with the aim of destroying the pillars of stability and sowing chaos in the country.

According to government figures, during the first six months of the year, anti-drug authorities arrested 6,408 people involved in almost 5,000 cases of drug use and trafficking.


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