‘Jihadist’ pills seized by Malta Customs

Operation Peacock Pills 1.2 billion pills seized globally


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Malta Customs seized over 200 million ‘Jihadist pills’ as part of Operation Peacock Pills. These pills, mainly Tramadol, are prescription painkillers made of synthetic opium and are known to be used by fundamentalist groups such as Boko Haram. The Maltese authorities took part in a similar operation in 2015, 2016 and 2018.

The amounts seized by Malta Customs are in large dozes and it is believed that these were destined to stimulate soldiers or freedom fighters to conduct attacks or fights under a hallucinating effect.

During Operation Peacock Pills there were approximately 1.2 billion pills seized globally by all the participating countries. Malta Customs seized approximately 225 million pills, which would account for 20% of the total pills seized in the operation.

The value of the seized pills is considered to reach circa €1.2 billion.