New details published by Ezdina about drug trafficking in the northern countryside of Aleppo

On the third of October, media outlets, including websites belonging to the factions loyal to the Turkish occupation forces, announced that the so-called "military police" in the northern countryside of Aleppo had seized a drug manufacturing plant, arrested a number of officials, and transferred them to the judiciary.

According to special sources for Ezdina, the raid on the drug factory came about two hours after an armed clash between members of the "military police" and those responsible for the factory, where four people who were working in the manufacture of drugs were arrested.

The incident opened the door once again to the issue of "drug trade" within the areas controlled by the factions loyal to the Turkish occupation forces in the northern countryside of Aleppo, and the relationship of many leaders and prominent figures in the so-called "Syrian National Army" supported by Turkey with this trade.

A special source revealed to Ezdina, that the seized factory belongs to two people, "Tariq Zaza'a and Bilal Zaza'a",  who reside in the Turkish city of Mersin, and they are relatives of a person named Abdo Othman, who is one of the prominent leaders in the "Al-Sham Legion" faction.

Faction leaders involved in drug trafficking

The private source added that many figures and leaders of the factions loyal to the Turkish occupation forces are involved in drug trade and promotion in northern Syria, including Abu Ahmed Nour, one of the legal figures in the "Syrian National Army" and owns a factory for the manufacture of the drug "Capticol" near the "Bab al-Salama" crossing. This laboratory is directly supervised by the crossing security director, Ali Sejo.

The private source indicated that the "Levant Front" faction, which is one of the most prominent factions of the "National Army", owns six clandestine laboratories for the manufacture of drugs, and they are distributed over several areas, where four of them are located in the occupied city of Azaz, one factory in the occupied city of Afrin, and another laboratory in The occupied city of Jarablus.

Also participating in the drug trade is Fahim Issa, the leader of the "Sultan Murad Division" faction, in addition to another leader of the same faction called "Jassem Samara," according to the same source.

Muhammad Al-Sheikh said that among those involved in the "drug trade" and its promotion in the areas controlled by the factions loyal to the Turkish occupation forces in the northern countryside of Aleppo is called "Fakher Jabr" in the occupied city of Jarabulus, and he is a prominent leader in a faction "Ahrar Al-Sharqiya".

Al-Sheikh added that according to some residents of the area, Jabr worked before the start of the events in Syria writing security reports for the Syrian regime and caused the arrest of many civilians, then joined the ranks of the “ISIS” organization and then became a leader in the “Syrian National Army.”

Medicines are classified as narcotics

Several types of narcotic substances are spread in the areas under the control of the factions loyal to the Turkish occupation forces, including what is known locally as "hallucinogenic pills", which are widely spread among the armed factions and a large proportion of them take them, in addition to a type of medicine, "tramadol", which is usually used to relieve acute pain caused by injuries, this drug is considered an addictive drug because it gives a feeling of comfort.

Other types of drugs, such as hashish, are also spread in all regions of northern Syria, whether in the northern countryside of Aleppo or Idlib and its countryside.

Khaled Al-Yamen, told Ezdina that the center is the first of its kind in northern Syria, and receives monthly dozens of addiction cases, ranging from drugs to electronic games, and it goes to many areas of the northern countryside of Aleppo, to treat cases of addiction to "Tramadol", which is sold secretly in illegal and unlicensed pharmacies.

Al-Yamani added that the drug "Tramadol" is used to treat difficult war injuries and relieve pain, and it has become a substance classified as a drug in northern Syria due to the addiction of a large group of young people to it without any control over impersonators of medicine who facilitate its sale to everyone at high prices to earn money only.

Al-Yamani indicated that most of the cases that reach the center are armed men belonging to different factions, most of them from the “National Army” factions, in addition to large numbers of civilians from the northern countryside of Aleppo and Idlib and its countryside.

Drug sources and types

Regarding the sources of drugs in the areas controlled by the factions loyal to the Turkish occupation forces and the extent of their spread, Alaa Al-Qasim, a journalist and human rights defender residing in Turkey, told Ezdina that the main narcotic substance widely spread in northern Syria is “hashish”, which is grown in several places in the areas under the control of the military factions, especially The occupied area of ​​Afrin and the western countryside of Idlib is under the control of "Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham" (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra).

Al-Qasim added that the rest of the drugs come from different areas through smuggling routes such as Turkey and the areas under the control of the Syrian regime, and smuggling is supervised by officers and leaders within the “National Army” factions.

Al-Qasim said that what contributed to the promotion of drugs was the cooperation of the faction leaders in the first place with drug dealers to share profits and benefit from this illegal trade, in addition to the state of security chaos and chaos and the spread of legally unlicensed pharmacies, which contributed to the arrival of large quantities of drug-like drugs.

It is noteworthy that the customs of the Turkish port of Iskenderun seized a truck loaded with a building stone, coming from the areas controlled by the “National Army” factions in the northern countryside of Aleppo, with a quantity of drugs inside it on May 16. About 313 million Turkish liras, according to Turkish media.

It is worth noting that with the entry of the armed Syrian opposition fighters loyal to the Turkish occupation forces to the city of Afrin, the sale of drugs and pills, in addition to hashish, has become active, which has become almost publicly sold under the eyes of the armed Syrian opposition militants and the Turkish occupation forces.



EZDINA: New details published by Ezdina about drug trafficking in the northern countryside of Aleppo
New details published by Ezdina about drug trafficking in the northern countryside of Aleppo
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