The Jordanian Army shot down a drone loaded with methamphetamine from Syria.
The Jordanian Army announced this Sunday the shooting down of a drone from Syria that illegally crossed the border with a shipment of methamphetamine, in a new anti-drug operation by the Jordanian authorities and in the midst of talks with Damascus to stop drug smuggling.
The Jordanian Armed Forces indicated in a statement that they “thwarted an attempt to smuggle a quantity of glass transported by drone from Syrian territory,” without disclosing the amount of drugs that were seized.
The note added that the border between Jordan and Syria is subject to strict “surveillance, monitoring and control”, which is why the unmanned aircraft was quickly sighted and shot down.
The methamphetamine was “seized and transferred to the competent authorities”, while the Army assured that “it is always on the lookout for anyone who tries to compromise the security of the homeland and its citizens.”
Jordan regularly announces anti-drug operations by land, but attempts to smuggle drugs with drones have proliferated in recent months, after authorities in the Arab country stepped up surveillance on the border.
The Armed Forces did not reveal the amount of drugs that were seized. (Reuters)
This comes a few weeks after the first meeting of the Jordanian-Syrian joint committee for cooperation in the fight against drug smuggling from Syria opened in Amman.
The committee began to meet after Syria was readmitted to the Arab League on May 7 after 12 years of suspension, and with the commitment that the Damascus regime would redouble its efforts to deal with drug trafficking that is distributed from Syrian territory, especially the synthetic stimulant “captagon”.
Syria has become a center of drug production, due to the instability in the country due to the armed conflict that began in 2011, and it exports to its neighbors through the porous borders with Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.
The Syrian authorities have not commented on the matter. In an interview last week, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad denied Syria’s role in drug trafficking, saying that cracking down on drug smuggling was a common interest that Damascus shares with Arab countries.
Last month Israel’s Foreign Minister Eli Cohen accused the Assad regime of distributing drugs and destabilizing the Middle East, and called for sanctions on Syria to stamp out this growing phenomenon.
Israel accused Bashar al Assad’s regime of distributing drugs produced by Hezbollah terrorists throughout the Middle East. (Syrian Presidency/Handout via REUTERS)
“The Asad regime distributes drugs and shakes regional stability,” Cohen declared during an international conference that addressed the fight against narcotics in the region, according to a statement from the Israeli Foreign Ministry.
Cohen argued that the Syrian regime “must be held accountable for its actions and significant sanctions imposed on it.”
Captagon is the drug of the Hezbollah terrorist group produced in the Bekaa Valley in southern Lebanon to distribute to militants who remain on alert for several days on the battlefront in Syria, which later spread to young people in the Arab world. These have difficult access to the consumption of alcohol but it is increasingly easier to reach this opiate which is called the “sleep drug”.
It is made by the terrorist group and is consumed by a large number of fighters in Syria, because it allows you to stay awake for several days and is worth very little money. Hezbollah also introduced it to young people in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf, since a bottle of whiskey -an illicit smuggled product worth 800 dollars- is too expensive compared to a dose or pill of captagon that ranges from half a dollar in Syria to 10 or 15 in the Gulf.
(With information from EFE and Reuters)
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