Jordan kills four drug traffickers at Syrian border


On Sunday, four drug smugglers were shot dead on the Jordanian-Syrian border, the Jordanian army said according to The National.

Border guards clashed with the smugglers as they entered the kingdom from Syria, some of them carrying firearms, the army said.

“Rapid response mechanized units dealt with these groups,” the army said in a statement, adding that it had confiscated 637,000 Captagon tablets.

The border with Jordan is the region’s main crossing for smuggling Captagon, an amphetamine derivative that is one of the most popular drugs in the Middle East, the daily reported.

The drug is manufactured cheaply in Syria, with the backing of pro-Iranian militias, and has become a multi-billion dollar industry in the war-torn country, according to the BBC.

The pills are smuggled into wealthy Arab countries, but many of them are also used by people in Jordan.

Earlier this year, authorities in Jordan’s capital Amman uncovered a Captagon manufacturing and export cartel in the country, The National reported.

In March, Israeli security forces foiled an attempt to smuggle drugs and weapons from Jordan into Israel.

The cache was worth about 2.5 million shekels (nearly $771,000) – including 34 pistols, a sniper rifle, two assault rifles, ammunition and various medicine packages worth around 800,000 shekels ($246,500).

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