US slaps sanctions on Captagon trader shipping from Syria to Libya

The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned 11 individuals and entities supporting the regime of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad through the facilitation of illicit financial transfers and trafficking of illegal drugs, as well as the extraction and export of Syrian commodities, including the drug of Captagon, a highly addictive amphetamine-type stimulant trafficked illegally throughout the Middle East and Europe, referring to three shipments seized in Libya coming from Syria.

The US Treasury cited the name Mahmoud Abulilah Al-Dj as being responsible for leading the operations behind multiple Captagon shipments, including the Noka shipment seized by Greek authorities and three shipments that were seized in Libya.

“Al-Dj also serves as the exclusive agent for designated Syrian airline Cham Wings in Libya. Al-Dj used his Syria-based company Al-Ta’ir Company (Al-Ta’ir) to receive cargo tied to Captagon shipments and open a major smuggling line linking Lattakia to Benghazi, which has resulted in huge profits for Captagon traffickers.” The Treasury’s statement said.

It added that Al-Dj registered an additional company, FreeBird Travel and Tourism, after he was convicted for drug smuggling in Libya and Al-Ta’ir became subject to legal prosecution for human trafficking and drug smuggling.


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