On 21 July, the Jerusalem Post reported that 84 million Captagon pills (14 tonnes) were found in containers shipped to the company of the Italian citizen in 2020. While the authorities originally though ISIS was behind the shipment, the BBC and The Washington Post both reported that the authorities later reached the conclusion that entities linked to Syrian President Bashar Assad and the Hezbollah terrorist movement had shipped the amphetamines. It explained that Captagon is one of several brand names for fenethylline hydrochloride, a drug compound belonging to a family of amphetamines that can inhibit fear and ward off tiredness. Syria has been identified as one of the main sources of the drug in the world.
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