The Greek authorities have captured the largest amount of captagon tablets (phenethylin) in the world from Syria to over half a billion euro, reports"Reuters".
The coast guard and agents from the local drug trafficking agency have seized three containers of amphetamines, reported by the Financial Crimes Unit. The operation involved 20 employees who seized 5.25 tons of drugs – 33 million captagon tablets – which were found in containers from Syria.
“This is the largest amount seized in the world, depriving organized crime of over 660 million dollars (587.45 million euros) ", it is reported in the communication.
The captagon is one of several trade names of phenethylin hydrochloride-a drug that belongs to amphetamines, stimulants of the central nervous system.
During the 60’s the captagon had been prescribed for the treatment of narcolepsy and depression, but in the 80’s the health community proclaimed the captagon as an addictive drug which does not have as much clinical benefits. It's been prohibited since then.
The captagon is a popular drug in the Middle East and Syria.
The Greek authorities attempt to ascertain if the consignment has been destined for China.