AMMAN — The Anti-Narcotics Department (AND) on Wednesday announced the seizure of 1.8 million Captagon pills that were found near the border with Syria.
During a dawn operation on Saturday by AND agents in cooperation with the armed forces, the illegal shipment was discovered in bags in an area near the border, a senior AND official said.
The official added that the area was “known to be a place frequented by illegal drug smugglers” and that the department believed the pills had been left there by Syrian smugglers to be picked up by collaborators in Jordan.
“It seems that the smugglers from the Syrian side would leave the bags for their Jordanian counterparts in that area,” the official told The Jordan Times.
“Our agents and armed forces officers managed to seize the illegal shipment before it reached the Jordanian smugglers,” he added.
“We are investigating the incident and searching for the Jordanians who were supposed to receive the illegal shipment.”
In 2011, some nine million Captagon pills were seized at various border crossings and airports, according to official figures.
Captagon (fenethylline) is a synthetic stimulant similar to amphetamine. Although banned in most countries in the 1980s, illegally produced and smuggled Captagon — sometimes containing amphetamine instead of fenethylline — is a common drug of abuse in the Middle East, according to web sources.