Italy Intercepts Massive Opioid Stash Meant To Fund ISIS

The Daily Caller | 11/3/2017 | Staff
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Italian police intercepted a massive shipment of opioid pills they believe were meant to finance terrorist attacks for the Islamic State.

More than 24 million tramadol pills were discovered Friday in the southwestern city of Gioia Tauro, home to Italy’s largest container port. The pills cost 2 euros each ($2.3) and ISIS would likely have made some 50 million euros ($58 million) if the stash went on the market, Italian police said.

Tramadol - Prescription - Painkiller - Shipment - India

Tramadol is a prescription painkiller and the shipment arrived from India with Libya as the final destination. The drug is commonly used to calm fighters’ pain and fear, aside from being a moneymaker for the group.

“The traffic of tramadol is directly handled by IS to finance terrorist activities planned and carried out across the world,” a court in the region said, according to Sky News.

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