French authorities have announced that for the second time this year (it being only May) that they have managed to seize another shipment of Captagon, dubbed the “jihadists’ drug.” They found 135 kilos of the drug, and it has en estimated street worth of $1.5 million.
Captagon is a type of amphetamine drug widely used by rebel fighters in Syria and terrorists before entering battlefields. Authorities fear it was meant to be shipped to would-be terrorists in Europe. However, an investigation showed that the drugs were going to Saudi Arabia, via Turkey, the agency said.
Isis fighters that have taken the drug say that it gives them a strong feeling of remorselessness and allows them to kill without fear.
On February 22nd, another 300,000 pills were found hidden in steel moulds. Captagon, a drug patented in 1962 to treat sleep disorders and classified by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime as an “amphetamine-type stimulant,” keeps users awake for long periods of time and gives them a sense of euphoria.
ISIS fighters who have taken the drug say it allows them to kill with abandon and without fear.
Similar seizures have taken place in other European countries this year, notably Holland, where police raided an illegal drugs lab and found tens of thousands of fake pills bearing the ‘Catpagon’ label on them.
The pills, which contained a mixture of caffeine and amphetamine, had been stamped with the name ‘Catpagon’ to increase their street value. The biggest legal consumer of Captagon is currently Saudi Arabia, where it is favored by princes and refugees, both seeking a means of escape.