This kicks like a mule and will keep you going through a long night of beheadings, yo. “Cache of ‘jihad methamphetamine’ popular among ISIS fighters seized in West Bank,” by Ben Hartman, Jerusalem Post, January 17, 2015 (thanks to Anne Crockett):
A potent stimulant popular both with jihadist groups like the Islamic State and soldiers in the Syrian army was seized in the West Bank on Friday, police from the Judea and Samaria district said.
In a statement put out on Friday, district police said that while checking a Palestinian returning from Jordan by way of the Allenby Crossing they found 1.3 kilograms of Hashish as well as thousands of pills of “Captagon”.
The Palestinian man, a resident of Jericho, told police that the pills were to treat his heart condition. He was arrested and taken for questioning by Ma’ale Adumim police.
A spokesperson for the Judea and Samaria police district was not able to say Saturday night if this was the first seizure of Captagon in the West Bank.
Captagon is the brand name for pills with the active ingredient fenethylline, a chemical linkage of amphetamine and theophylline. The drug was outlawed in most of the west by the mid-80s but remains highly popular in the Arab world, especially in Syria, where much of it is manufactured. Bootleg and generic copycats are also quite common.
Recent reports have stated that Captagon is highly popular with fighters on both sides of the Syrian war; both jihadis and soldiers in the Syrian army. An article published in the Guardian last week titled “Captagon: the amphetamine fueling Syria’s civil war”, said that the trade in the drug continues to bring millions in revenue each year, almost certainly paying for arms for rebel and jihadi forces and serving as a popular battlefield stimulant for fighters on both sides.
Earlier investigations by Reuters and Time said that the drug has also become popular with Syria’s war-wracked civilian population.
In recent years, reports have surfaced that Lebanese Shi’ite terror group Hezbollah have been helping fund their activities through the production and trafficking of large amounts of fake Captagon, producing powerful methamphetamine pills sold across the Middle East. Lebanese authorities have also busted a number of drug labs in southern Lebanon which were reportedly used to cook methamphetamines.