New Captagon drug trade link to top Syrian officials found – BBC News

New direct links between the Captagon drug trade and leading members of the Syrian Armed Forces and President Bashar al-Assad’s family have been revealed.

In March, Britain, the United States and the European Union imposed sanctions on a list of people – including two cousins of President Assad – suspected of involvement in the multi-billion dollar Captagon trade.

But a joint investigation by BBC News Arabic and the investigative journalism network OCCRP, deep inside Syria’s narco-state, has found evidence indicating the involvement of other senior Syrian officials in addition to those already included in that list.

Captagon is a highly addictive amphetamine-like drug that has plagued the Middle East in recent years. Now the drug is also being found in Europe, Africa and Asia.

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