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37 MILLION painkiller drugs from India to Daesh seized

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37m painkillers from India to Daesh seized

Italian police said the consignment would have been used for two purposes: to help finance terrorism and for use by fighters as a stimulant and to heighten resistance to physical stress.

A ship load of tramadol, a synthetic opioid-like drug, from India to be sold to Daesh terrorists in Libya to give them greater resilience, has been seized by the Italian police, according to media reports.

The 37 million tramadol pills, worth $75 million, were found packed into three containers at the port of Genoa, labelled as blankets and shampoo and set to be loaded on a freighter bound for Misrata and Tobruk in Libya, The Times reported.

“Daesh is making a fortune from this traffic, giving it to its fighters to make them feel no pain,” the British newspaper quoted an Italian investigator as saying.

Tramadol is a synthetic opioid-like drug used as a painkiller.

Italian police said the consignment had come from India and would have been used for two purposes: to help finance terrorism and for use by fighters as a stimulant and to heighten resistance to physical stress, the BBC reported.

Boko Haram, the Nigerian terror group, is said to feed child soldiers dates stuffed with tramadol before sending them on missions.

Daesh is already known for feeding its fighters Captagon, an amphetamine that blocks hunger, fear and fatigue.

Italian investigators traced the tramadol shipment to an Indian pharmaceuticals company, which allegedly sold the pills for $250,000 to an importer, which then shipped them from India to Sri Lanka where they disappeared from the freighter’s documents, the report said.

The tramadol pills would sell for two dollars each in Libya, said the investigator.

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