Police say drug is top priority
The smuggling of captagon has become a “big problem” for law enforcement agencies across the Middle East, Dubai Police have said.
The rise of the amphetamine will be among the key issues to be debated at the Hemaya International Forum on Drug Issues in Dubai next week.
Colonel Dr Ibrahim Al Dbel, Director of International Training Service Department at Dubai Police, said there has been a rise in demand and attempts to smuggle the drug in the region and abroad.
He said: “It’s a big problem.
“We were alerted about 451 new drugs between 2009 and 2014 that contained captagon.
“The global market of such drugs has risen recently and it’s a challenge for law enforcement across the world.”
The annual event, running from September 26-29, is organised by Dubai Police By Ali Al Shouk and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNOC).
Al Dbel said the forum hopes to lead to a greater understanding of the routes and market for the drug.
The drug is widespread in Syria and is reportedly used by many ISIS fighters. He said: “We don’t have all of the data about such drugs and their addiction rates.
“We will focus this year on captagon and find ways now to crack down on this problem.” Among the largest sei - zures in the UAE was in No v e m b e r 2014 when Dubai Police arrested three Syrian men with a 17.8 million pill haul.
The pills were smuggled inside machines that were to be used to compress wood in warehouses in Jebel Ali and Ajman.
HAUL: One of the largest seizures was in Jebel Ali Port