London: A hip-load of a synthetic opoid-like drug from India to be sold to Daesh extremist group in Libya to give them greater resilience has been seized by the Italian police, according to media reports on Wednesday.
The 37 million 'tramadol' pills, worth $75 million, were found packed into three containers at the port of Genoa, labelled as blankets and shampoo and set to be loaded on a freighter bound for Misrata and Tobruk in Libya, The Times reported.
Tramadol is a synthetic opioid-like drug used as a painkiller.
"ISIS (Daesh) is making a fortune from this traffic, giving it to its fighters to make them feel no pain," the British newspaper quoted an Italian investigator as saying.
Italian police said the consignment had come from India and would have been used for two purposes: to help finance terrorism and for use by extremist fighters as a stimulant and to heighten resistance to physical stress, the BBC reported.
Italian investigators traced the tramadol shipment to an Indian pharmaceuticals company, the report said.
The tramadol pills would sell for two dollars each in Libya, said the investigator.
Boko Haram, the Nigerian terror group, is said to feed child soldiers dates stuffed with tramadol before sending them on missions.
Daesh is already known for feeding its fighters Captagon, an amphetamine that blocks hunger, fear and fatigue.
Last year police at the Greek port of Piraeus found a container carrying 26 million tramadol tablets, originally from India and allegedly destined for a Libyan company with ties to Daesh, the report said.