Security personnel in Iraq confiscate 12 million benzhexol tablets
The antispasmodic medication benzhexol, which is designed to treat Parkinson’s disease but is also misused as a hallucinogen, was found in 12 million tablets, according to Iraqi security authorities on Friday.
During an operation, national security agents found the haul in an east Baghdad warehouse and also made six arrests.
In recent months, anti-drug operations have been stepped up by Iraqi security personnel, with reports of many high-profile seizures.
Iraq has acted as a key route for traffickers of captagon, an amphetamine that is predominantly manufactured in Syria but has its greatest market in the rich Gulf states. Iraq and Syria share borders as well as Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.