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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 September 2018

Abu Dhabi Police seize more than 4 million captagon tablets from farm

Two men have been arrested after 4.2 million captagon pills were seized during a raid on a farm.

Abu Dhabi Police said on Saturday that the suspects, from unnamed Arab states, had hidden the drugs in bags of seeds.

“This huge amount of captagon pills were found buried under seedlings in the farm", said Major General Maktoum Ali Al Sharifi, head of Abu Dhabi Police.

Seizures of captagon, a cheaply produced psycho-stimulant used and exported by extremists fighting in Syria, have increased dramatically in the Middle East and North Africa in recent years, including the UAE.

Lt Col Taher Al Dhaheri, head of anti-narcotics department, said the men were caught red handed.

“The directorate received information about two Arab men located in one of the emirates. In their possession were huge amounts of captagon pills.

“An investigation team confirmed that the two men were planning to sell part of the amount and were arrested with the pills in their possession.

“After questioning, the suspects guided police to the rest of the pills."

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