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Italy seizes synthetic drugs worth €630 million from China

Italy’s Finance Corps intercepted over 6 tons of ecstasy precursors at Malpensa Airport, preventing the production of 63 million pills. The shipment from China was destined for the Netherlands. This operation highlights Italy’s commitment to combating drug trafficking, with international cooperation playing a crucial role

Massive drug seizure. Today, in a significant operation, the Guardia di Finanza of Varese (Italy’s Finance Corps) intercepted shipments containing over 6 tons of drug precursors at Malpensa Airport, the largest international airport in northern Italy.

  • These substances, including piperonyl methyl ketone (PMK) and BMK, are essential for producing MDMA (ecstasy) and amphetamines.
  • The seizure prevents the production of over 63 million ecstasy pills, with an estimated street value of over 630 million euros.
  • The shipments originating from China were destined for a company in Milan and intended for the Netherlands. Laboratory tests confirmed the presence of PMK, a controlled substance under international regulations, leading to a broader investigation involving Dutch authorities.

Italy’s anti-drugs efforts continue. This operation underscores the Italian government’s commitment to combating drug trafficking. Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s administration has prioritised this issue, reinforcing international cooperation and implementing a national prevention plan to address synthetic opioids.

  • International collaboration played a crucial role in the cooperation, with the European Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation (Eurojust) facilitating investigations in the Netherlands.
  • Dutch police discovered additional drug precursors and narcotics, leading to the arrest of two Chinese nationals. This highlights the effectiveness of the joint efforts in tackling the global drug trade.

Expansive cooperation. The Italian government’s recent initiatives, including bilateral agreements and enhanced cooperation with countries in Latin America, are part of a broader strategy to combat drug trafficking.

  • Last week, Undersecretary Alfredo Mantovano mentioned that Italy maintains ongoing communication with countries such as Ecuador, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, and Argentina to develop shared strategies and provide support from experts in the police and judicial sectors.
  • Last year, Italy joined the US-led Global Coalition to Address Synthetic Drug Threats, further demonstrating its commitment to international collaboration.
  • The national prevention plan introduced in March aims to prevent misuse of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids, even as Italy proactively addresses potential threats.

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