An illegal shipment of the synthetic drug Captagon seized by Greek law enforcement authorities in Piraeus port contained one million pills, Greek authorities announced on Wednesday. The illegal stimulant, also known as the so-called ‘Jihadi drug’, was hidden in a container inside lead rods designed to fool customs scanning equipment. The shipment was discovered and seized during a raid on Monday.
According to the police, the drugs were being transported to countries in the Middle East via a misleading route, with stops at several ports designed to cover its tracks. The container’s journey had begun at a port in Syria on December 15, when an international maritime transport company had undertaken to transport it to Croatia via Piraeus. During an inspection of the container at Ikonio in Perama, Greek authorities found 24 palettes of 544 lead rods containing quantities of pills in their interior. One third of the rods, which are specially designed to conceal drugs since they cannot be scanned by x-ray machinery and are hard to open, has been checked so far.
The bust was the result of collaboration between Greek law enforcement agencies and the Turkish drugs squad, involving the assistance of the Greek coast guard, the Attica drugs squad, the financial crimes’ squad SDOE and Greek customs. The investigation is continuing, in cooperation with law enforcement agencies in Turkey and Croatia.