Turkish-backed Syrian teams pursue drug operations in Aleppo

ALEPPO, Syria — The Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army factions have stepped up their safety operations within the northwestern countryside of Aleppo in opposition to drug trafficking networks, arresting a number of sellers and seizing giant portions of narcotics.

On Oct. 12, the FSA-affiliated Syrian Liberation Frontintroduced that it had arrested a number of drug sellers and seized about half 1,000,000 Captagon drugs. On Twitter, the entrance stated that in coordination with the army police, its safety equipment had launched a crackdown on drug sellers within the metropolis of al-Bab within the northwestern countryside of Aleppo and destroyed the medication.

The Syrian Liberation Front tweeted Oct. 1, “The security apparatus, in coordination with the military police, has cracked down on drug dealers in the Jindires area in the countryside of Afrin. Mohammed Youssef and Mohammed Darmoush have been arrested in possession of 10,000 Captagon pills, a Kalashnikov rifle and ammunition.”

Despite the efforts of the opposition’s safety establishments and the FSA factions to cease the drug commerce in opposition-controlled areas of the Aleppo countryside, there was a marked enhance within the variety of customers of narcotic drugs and cannabis. 

The safety forces usually arrest small drug sellers whereas main ones function freely due to their ties with FSA leaders.

Mustafa Sejari, head of the Syrian Liberation Front’s political bureau, informed Al-Monitor, “Some local parties in cooperation with foreign ones have turned Syria into an arena for drug trade and manufacturing and some gangs in northwest Syria have become partners in these networks. We are working to combat these gangs and their crimes.”

He added, “We are deploying a secret security network whose mission is to search for supply sources and sales points for narcotic substances and pursue any party that may be linked to the main factory or financier. We have deployed dozens of secret security agents in all FSA-controlled areas in the countryside of Aleppo. We have caught several drug trafficking networks and dozens of individuals involved in drug trafficking and transportation for the Bashar al-Assad regime and Iranian militias, as well as for the People’s Protection Units.”

Sejari famous, “Most of the networks are working to transport drugs toward Turkey through northern Syria, and we have arrested some gangs that distribute drug pills for free for FSA members in an attempt to infiltrate the ranks of the FSA. We have tightened our grip around such criminals and we are constantly working on fighting such crimes. We will double down on efforts in this regard and will cooperate seriously with the police to uncover more drug trafficking groups and dealers.”

On Oct. 3, the FSA’s army police, in coordination with the Azm Operations Room (which is made up of a variety of the Turkish-backed FSA factions), found a drug manufacturing unit within the village of Burj Abdalo within the countryside of Afrin and arrested a number of staff there.

On Oct. 1, the Azaz Security Directorate within the countryside of Aleppo destroyed 530,000 Captagon drugs seized throughout an operation carried out a day earlier by the Intelligence Division.

On Sept. 20, the directorate introduced that it had arrested two drug sellers within the space and seized 2,420 Captagon drugs and different varieties of narcotic drugs.

During the months of September and July, the directorate carried out a number of safety operations, arrested many drug sellers and customers and confiscated drugs and different narcotics similar to cannabis.

Farouk Abu Bakr, a member of the management of the Syrian Liberation Front, informed Al-Monitor, “The front is determined to fight drug trafficking in opposition areas in the countryside of Aleppo, and it coordinates with the rest of the factions and with the military and civilian police in the area to pursue drug trafficking networks. The front also helped discover the drug factory in Afrin by coordinating with the factions and the security forces.”

On Oct. 11, US lawmakers voted in favor of a decision associated to an modification that requires a joint technique to disrupt drug networks in Syria and said that the US authorities is anxious about drug trafficking from Syria.

A examine by the Center for Operational Analysis and Research revealed in April revealed that Syria is a worldwide middle for the manufacturing of Captagon and that manufacturing has turn out to be subtle and technologically superior. It put the worth of Syria’s exports of Captagon in 2020 at $3.46 billion.

According to an investigation revealed by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project in June, the drug commerce is booming in Syria.

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