Captagon trade: How Syria became a narco-state
26 January 2023 | 7:46 am
Captagon is a synthetic drug that has turned Syria into a narco-state. The illicit industry behind this amphetamine is estimated to be worth billions of dollars, with over 400 million tablets seized in the Middle East in 2021.
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