Security personnel in Iraq confiscate 12 million benzhexol pills

Baghdad – The antispasmodic medication benzhexol, which is designed to treat Parkinson’s disease but is also abused as a hallucinogen, was found in 12 million pills, 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 several high-profile seizures.

Iraq has served as a key conduit for traffickers of captagon, an amphetamine that is predominantly produced in Syria but has its largest market in the rich Gulf states. Iraq and Syria share borders as well as Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.