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From Syria to the Naples mafia: Record amphetamine bust raises questions

Issued on: 13/01/2021 – 17:20Modified: 13/01/2021 – 17:22

Italian authorities have recently uncovered a worrying new side to the international illegal drugs trade, with origins in Syria. Amphetamine pills, produced in the war-torn country, are being trafficked to Europe, something police were unaware of until just a few months ago. The amphetamines, such as Captagon, have also been seized in Greece, Egypt, Turkey and Romania. Our correspondents report on what this means for Italy and the role played by the Neapolitan mafia in this murky drug trafficking ring.

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Programme prepared by Patrick Lovett.

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