RELEASE: Rep. Hill Applauds Committee Passage of his Bill to Disrupt and Dismantle Assad’s Narcotics Production and Trafficking
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 29, 2022
The House Foreign Affairs Committee today advanced Rep. French Hill’s (AR-02) H.R. 6265, Countering Assad’s Proliferation Trafficking and Garnering of Narcotics (CAPTAGON) Act. H.R. 6265 requires the federal government to develop an interagency strategy to disrupt and dismantle narcotics production and trafficking and affiliated networks linked to the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria.
“These drugs not only cripple local populations, they also serve to fuel hostilities and finance the Assad regime and Iran-backed groups in the region,” said Rep. Hill. “The U.S. government must do all it can to disrupt the industrial-level drug production currently taking place in Syria, and I thank my colleagues at the Foreign Affairs Committee for advancing this bill requiring the U.S. government develop an interagency strategy to disrupt and dismantle narcotics production, trafficking, and affiliated networks linked to the Assad regime.”
“I am pleased the Committee passed the CAPTAGON Act, which requires an interagency strategy to target the Assad regime’s narco-trafficking. The illicit trade of the addictive amphetamine Captagon generates billions of dollars. The Administration needs to develop and implement a plan to stop production and trafficking of these drugs. The Assad regime’s role in the Captagon trade directly undermines U.S. and international sanctions on the regime, while making the Middle East even more dangerous,” added House Foreign Affairs Committee Lead Republican Michael McCaul (TX-10).