The drugs seized during a raid on an illegal Captagon lab in Attica last week were destined to be sent to countries in the Middle East, including Syria, based on information regarding the case presented at the SDOE financial crimes squad headquarters on Monday.
The presentation was carried out by SDOE Special Secretary Stavros Thomadakis, Attica Security Police Directorate commander Christos Papazafyris and representatives of the Coast Guard, on behalf of all three Greek law enforcement agencies involved in the investigation. They announced four arrests in total — two Albanian nationals, one Turkish national and one Greek — and said that another three individuals which include a Turk, an Albanian and a retired Greek police officer, are wanted in connection with the case.
According to investigators the case is linked to ISIS since Captagon is the “drug of choice” used by the terrorist organization. The amphetamine-like substance is given to jihadi fighters to make them ruthless, remorseless, more physically resilient and unafraid.
The 635,000 Captagon tablets seized during last week’s raid on the drug lab in Nea Peramos represent the largest quantity of narcotic pills ever seized in the Greek market. Based on the substances found during the raid, it is estimated that the lab had the capacity to produce another batch of similar size.
The bust followed a three-month stake out and investigation carried out by the SDOE drugs squad in collaboration with the coast guard and the Hellenic Police, following the individuals involved. Greek authorities were tipped off about the international ring’s action by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, leading to an unprecedented case by Greek standards.
Greek authorities are now also investigating whether any of the drugs were sold on the Greek market, while the street value is estimated at about 10 million euros, each tablet costing 20 euros.