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Major busts in Syria, Lebanon shed light on drug trade

Syria has clamped down on the trade in psychostimulant captagon, produced in territory where government oversight is lax or non-existentA string of major drug busts in Syria and Lebanon has drawn new attention to the trade in captagon, an illegal substance that has flourished in the chaos of Syria’s war. “When the Syrian crisis started, Lebanon and Syria were transformed into a gateway to smuggle captagon,” a Lebanese security source told AFP on condition of anonymity. “The substance wasn’t invented in the past five years — but that’s when smuggling operations flourished, so Lebanon became an exporting country,” he said.

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