The Jordanian army reported Sunday morning that its forces on the northeastern border with Syria prevented an attempt to transport “huge volumes” of drugs into the kingdom from the war-torn country.
The operation was the latest since the Jordanian army said earlier this year that it was stepping up its fight against drug smuggling from Syria, which it claimed was on the rise.
According to a Jordanian Armed Forces source, the smugglers were subjected to rules of engagement, which resulted in their return to Syria. According to the source, troops discovered 900,000 Captagon pills and 154 palm palm-sized sheets of hashish while searching the area.
The army will use “full force” to block any infiltration or smuggling attempts, according to the source, protecting the kingdom’s borders and residents.
The Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF) reported on May 22 that forces on Jordan’s eastern border with Syria opened fire on persons attempting to penetrate the kingdom, killing four and wounding others. Smugglers left behind 181 palm-sized sheets of hashish, 637,000 Captagon narcotic pills, and 39,600 tramadol pills, according to the army.
The Jordanian army reported on Jan. 27 that it had killed 27 infiltrators who were attempting to transport “huge volumes” of narcotics into the kingdom from Syria.