French authorities seize 1.5 mln euros worth of drugs

Source: Xinhua| 2017-05-30 21:46:17|Editor: Zhang Dongmiao
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PARIS, May 30 (Xinhua) -- Almost 750,000 pills or close to 135 kg of captagon, were seized in January and February at the Parisian airport of Roissy, the customs agency said on Tuesday, adding the contraband is estimated to have a value of nearly 1.5 million euros (1.68 million U.S. dollars).

The customs agents at Roissy airport intercepted a first shipment of 350,000 pills weighing 7 kg on Jan. 4, in checking industrial molds from Libya, indicated the press release.

On Feb. 22, agents seized 67 kg of Captagon pills, also smuggled in walls of steel molds. According to laboratory analyses, the captagon pills contain amphetamine and theophylline, indicated the press release.

"Captagon is a psychostimulant created at the end of the 1950s. Since then it is principally consumed in the Middle East," the French customs agency said.

Authorities said some terrorist groups, such as the Islamic State and Al-Nusra, use this substance to subdue fears of their members before and during battles.