The Italian police seized a shipload of tramadol, a drug, on Wednesday, which they claim to be sold to the Islamic States in Libya from India, as per media reports. Labelled as blankets and shampoo,37 million tramadols, worth $75 million, were found packed in three containers near the port of Genoa. They were loaded on a freighter bound for Misrata and Tobruk in Libya.
” Islamic States is making the most use of this traffic, giving it to its fighters to make them feel no pain”, and Italian investigator was quoted saying. Tramadol is like opioid, a drug that is used as a pain reducer.
According to BBC reports, the Italian Police has stated that there could be two possible reasons for the consignment to come from India. One is to help finance Islamic State terrorism. The second could be for use by the jihadist fighters to increase the resistance of physical stress.
It is believed that the Nigerian terror group Boko Haram is said to feed the young fighters tramadol-filled dates with before they are sent out on missions. Likewise, Islamic States are also known for feeding Captagon to its soldiers, an amphetamine that blocks fear, hunger and fatigue.
According to Italian investigators, the tramadol drugs shipment were believed to have been shipped from some Indian pharmaceuticals company, who had sold it for $ 250,000 to a Dubai-based importer. They were then shipped to Sri Lanka from where they vanished from the freighter’s documents.
They also said that pills of tramadol would be sold for two dollars in Libya.