Lebanon and Syria are believed to be some of the countries that offer a smuggling route for the dangerous amphetamine, as reported by the French Observatory for Drugs and Drug Addiction (OFDT).
Captagon has been reported to be one of the most commonly used drugs by Daesh fighters and multiple armed groups in conflict zones in the Middle East, as the fighters say “it helps them stay awake for days.”
Considering it’s cheap and easy to manufacture, experts believe there have been ongoing trials to brand the drug as a budget-friendly alternative to cocaine, even in the West, according to AFP.
During the month of July of last year, Italian police seized three containers holding 84 million Captagon pills, estimated to be worth $1.12 billion, that were on their way to Europe.
As investigations took place, it was later revealed that the bust is linked back to the Syrian regime and its ally Hezbollah.
It is to note that the local production of cannabis brought Lebanon to be ranked the world’s third-largest hashish supplier after Morocco and Afghanistan, according to the United Nations.