Lebanese police announced on Saturday (April 13th) that they seized more than 800,000 tablets of captagon during an operation with Saudi Arabia four days earlier. Weighing about 142 kg, the cargo worth $ 12 million, or about 10.5 million euros, was hidden in a refrigerated truck. This one was intended for a " Arab country "Said, without further details, the Lebanese Internal Security Forces in a statement.
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Captagon refers to the name of a psychotropic drug that deals with attention disorders, a marketed and forbidden time. Amphetamine-based, it is mainly manufactured and consumed in the Middle East. The result of relocation from Turkey and Bulgaria, a country of production to more repressive measures, in the 2000s.
The Middle East, first market
Captagon seizures do not have stopped increasing Since 2014 « in various Gulf countries as well as in the Middle East ", Notes a report of the French Observatory of Drugs and Drug Addiction (OFDT), published in July 2017. For the year 2015 alone, the statistics of Lebanon indicate the seizure in the country of more than 15 million tablets, " half the year before "Considered a record year, says the OFDT.
Between 2010 and 2014, the sum of the quantities seized in the five Gulf countries Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar and Yemen amounts to 4.87 million tablets, or 1.43 tons.
Saudi Arabia would be one of the major consumer markets for these white pills. In 2015, a Saudi prince was arrested in Lebanon while carrying a private plane carrying nearly two tons of captagon tablets and an unknown quantity of cocaine, the largest drug seizure ever made at the airport. Beirut, according to a Lebanese security official.
Captagon, the drug myth of jihadists
The jihadist drug, a myth
In the wake of the November 2015 attacks in France, doctors and researchers had assumed, based on testimonies, that the terrorists had consumed captagon. Although autopsies later revealed that the latter had not absorbed drugs or alcohol, Captagon is regularly referred to as " jihadist drug ".
A myth defeated by the OFDT, that the researcher Laurent Laniel, author of the report quoted above, attributes to a " mechanism "To suggest" that suicide attacks claimed by the Islamic State could not have been carried out solely by a willingness to sacrifice one's own life in the service of a cause and without recourse to chemistry ".