The operation carried out from June 23 to July 31, 2022 “targeted drug trafficking by air, sea and land in 22 countries, with more than 291 tons of chemical products” destined for the manufacture of psychotropic drugs and “35.5 tons of narcotics” seized, detailed the international organization for police cooperation based in Lyon, France.
The seizures include 20 tons of cocaine, 11 tons of cannabis, 1.8 tons of ketamine and 581 kilograms of Captagon, according to the same source.
A “clandestine super-laboratory” capable of producing “hundreds of kilograms of ketamine” was also dismantled in Cambodia, and 75 kilograms of heroin were seized in Mundra port, India, as part of this operation dubbed “Lionfish” — a poisonous fish. common in Asia-Pacific.
“While traditional drugs such as cocaine and cannabis continue to represent a significant part of the narcotics in circulation, the operation highlighted the increase in the production and sale of synthetic drugs such as methamphetamine, captagon or ketamine,” explained Interpol.
A total of 1,333 suspects from 25 different nationalities were arrested, including a trafficker wanted on a red notice in Cambodia.
The operation showed that traffickers, organized groups, operate as global ‘holdings’ and use different means of transport, from cargo containers to couriers, via speedboats and small planes, according to Interpol.
Among the countries participating in the police operation are, among others, Bahrain, Brazil, Cambodia, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Morocco, Iraq, Colombia, Oman, Japan and Australia.