Italy has made the world’s largest seizure of amphetamines, police say.
Fourteen tonnes of an amphetamine-type drug, made by the so-called Islamic State group in Syria, was found in southern Italy.
The drug has helped fund ISIS’ terror plots as it can easily produce large amounts of tablets for the world market of synthetic drugs.
Investigators said the haul is likely linked to a “consortium” of criminal groups, as no single dealer could afford a €1 billion purchase.
The Italian news agency Ansa said the drugs could be linked to a clan the size of Naples’ Camorra mafia group, as it can market the substance internationally.
Police said it is possible that due to coronavirus lockdown, the production and distribution of drugs in Europe has practically stopped, therefore many traffickers have turned to Syria, whose production does not seem to have slowed down.