Batches of synthetic opiate, used by Islamic State fighters to suppress pain, seized in Gioia Tauro port en route to Libya

Italian police have seized 24m pills of the painkiller Tramadol that they suspect were destined for sale by Islamic State to its fighters in north Africa and the Middle East.

Batches of the synthetic opiate, used by Isis fighters to suppress pain and boost resilience, were intercepted in the Calabrian port of Gioia Tauro en route to Libya from India, with the help of agents from the US Drug Enforcement Administration.

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