Trafficking in Drugs and Ruins are connected in the occupied areas of Aleppo

by rami / سبتمبر 17, 2015 / 0 comments

Trafficking in Drugs and Ruins are connected in the occupied areas of Aleppo

" It makes me smiling all the time. Taking it helps me to bear the pressure," this is what S.M told us in an interview in one of The Sham Front prisons. S.M is a fighter in the Palestinian Quds brigade who is fighting with Al-Assad forces in Aleppo. This fighter was captured during the battles in northern Aleppo between the rebels and the multi-nationality Al-Assad militias.

In Aleppo as well as in the areas which are occupied by Al-Assad forces and the Iranian militias, the scene looks gloomy. And it will become gloomier in the future hence a huge number of oppressed young men are obliged to fight with Al-Assad forces. These forces are different. They have different names and colorful pillars which have ethnic references.

S.M emphasizes that what made him feeling depressed is the stalling of battles and the foggy scene. The young men in the occupied areas experience a crisis in the absence of family control and the money seducing by the militias and the security institution of Al-Assad regime in Aleppo. The militias and the security institution have a great role in encouraging the young men to use the narcotics like Keptagon and Tramadol.

Abu Jawad, a security leader in one of the Sham Front prisons, says to Al-Durra: " Trafficking in narcotics like Keptagon and Tramadol is so popular in the occupied areas of Aleppo. This is happening with the knowledge of the militias and Al-Assad security institution. They also help in spreading these drugs between the soldiers in all fronts in their fighting against the rebels. We discovered the drug abuse here in the prison hence all the young men prisoners are drugs addicts."

The wide spreading of the narcotics in the occupied areas of Aleppo reflects the depression and the psychological problems that the young men especially suffer from. It also reflects the moral and social chaos in these areas. Also some wealthy people traffic in the intoxicating substances and the narcotics ( like cannabis, alcohol, drugs) in the black market. The age group between 18-25 is more involved in addiction.

M.S, a 20 year old prisoner in The Sham Front, was a soldier in the fourth brigade in Al-Assad army. He assures that his addiction to Keptagon drugs puts him in a financial trouble. He spends all his monthly salary to buy these drugs. He says to Al-Durra that 10 pills of the Keptagon costs about 800 S.L, and they are enough for 2-3 days at most.

Al-Assad- controlled areas in the Syrian coast are the primary source of these drugs. Then the drugs sent to the occupied areas of Aleppo and another areas. The drug trafficking generates enormous amount of money to the influential and military men.

S.A, a trader in the occupied areas of Aleppo says to Al-Durra: " Trafficking in drugs and ruins are connected in the black market in the occupied areas in Syria. These two kinds of trafficking are controlled by generals in Al-Assad forces and the militias.

S.A adds that the most drug dealers in Aleppo are themselves the market kings in ruins trafficking. The ruins trafficking became so popular because the historical neighborhoods of Aleppo got destroyed and stolen by the foreign militias, Hezbollah and Al-Assad forces. S.A assures that he got many offers to buy some ancient artifacts that belong to different civilizations.

In the same context, the profits of the ruins trafficking are considered the major support for alcohol and drugs trafficking in Al-Assad- occupied areas of Syria.

Hussein, 25 years old, works in the security institution that belongs to the rebels in Aleppo. He says to Al-Durra that the institution with many factions in Aleppo conduct a wide security campaign of drug and ruin control. They arrested many networks in Aleppo in the last two months. The last network arrested is consisted of 7 people who deal with drugs in Aleppo, and they are forwarded to the competent authorities.