Police seized 14-tonne drugs, made by Syria, worth 1 bn euros. Money was to be used to finance terrorist activities
Rome: Italian Police seized 14-tonne drugs made by the Islamic State in Syria, making it the biggest-ever drug seizure in the entire world on Wednesday.
The amphetamine drugs in the form of 84 million Captagon tablets were found hidden inside industrial goods in containers, worth one billion euros and was originally intended to be sold in the entire European market to finance the terrorist operations of the Islamic state.
"We know that the Islamic state finances its terrorist activities mainly by trafficking drugs made in Syria which in the past few years has become the world's largest producer of amphetamines," said the finance police of Naples in a statement.
According to the police, three suspected containers were intercepted at the port of Salerno in the south of Naples. The containers had large cylindrical paper rolls for industrial use along with other industrial machinery.
Police cut open the paper rolls with chainsaws and found all of them filled with huge quantity of tablets. Video footage released by the police showed tablets spilling out of paper rolls when they were being cut open.
"This is the largest seizure of amphetamines in the world," said the police while addressing a press briefing.
Captagon is a narcotic drug widely used by IS fighters in combat and is often termed as 'the Jihad Drug', said the police.
The amount of drug seized is sufficient to supply the entire European market, added the police.