Italian pharmacy & largest drug bust in history

An Italian pharmacy closed after the law made the largest methamphetamine bust in history. As illicit drugs make for outrageous profit, it’s no surprise to learn ISIS manufactured it in Syria and a Milan criminal gang put it out on the market. What better a lucrative product to fund terrorists and criminals is there? Brad Johnson, former Senior CIA Operative and President of Intelligence Reform, goes beyond that headline and explains amphetamine’s military history.


Brad Johnson July 2 of 2020 I understand
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the Italians closed to pharmacy what’s
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the story gonna get she then closed the
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pharmacy what happened is the Italians
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have done the largest bust of
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amphetamines ever in the history of
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counter narcotics it was a huge bust of
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illegal amphetamine drugs and these a
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lot a number of interesting things there
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was a there’s a large criminal group out
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of Milan that is was kind of hon showing
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that the sales end of this the
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production end of things very
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interesting was done by Isis in Syria
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so there’s going to be somebody who was
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aware of that the backers of this would
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be fully aware of it Iran Syria itself
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Turkey we you know who all was aware of
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it remains to be seen and will require
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some additional thought and study and
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all that and details that just have to
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come out to figure all this out
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precisely but it came out of Syria and
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was going to be then distributed out of
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out of Italy for Ely and the rest of
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Europe it would be that with was going
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to be the target of this so very
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interesting how all of this was was
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being accomplished in the level of
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cooperation that was going on and the
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fact that it was caught the large
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shipment is a little bit unusual
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counter-narcotics
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you know it is one of those things where
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they tend to do a whole bunch of smaller
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shipments and even stuff coming over the
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southern border of the United States
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from Mexico it’s it’s just death by a
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thousand cuts they just send every
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little guy through with small amounts
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whenever they can just knowing that most
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of its going to get through so better to
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do a whole bunch of small ones rather
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than one big one but with coating 19 all
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of this the drugs have been cut off so
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they needed a big shipping to come
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through they want to take advantage of
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it for the huge profits that are out
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there so that’s what provoked this to be
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done the way it was done but this is
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also the drug the same amphetamine drug
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that’s used by Isis for its own fighters
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and this is something that they used you
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know amped these guys up they don’t feel
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fear and pain and all of that going into
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battle so this is part of what they’re
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using for their own fighters prior to
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and this is something that was playing
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here kind of an interesting thing
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these amphetamines were pioneered by the
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Nazis in World War two and during the
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Blitz Creed’s and so on they had these
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little tubes of pills that chewable or I
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don’t things lozenges type things that
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they would give to the Nazi troops that
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the ground soldiers to make them
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tireless and able to sustain these
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attacks for a couple days and that’s
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part of what let them do so successfully
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their blitz blitzkrieg says as the war
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started so it’s it’s an interesting
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thing to see continued it’s been used by
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other actually I you know I read a
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report that said that at the end of the
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when the King sobieski from Poland drove
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off the Ottoman Muslim troops in a siege
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of Vienna that they found cough devices
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for making coffee all over the place and
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when they figured out I use it and tried
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it they went okay I get how these guys
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can keep fighting yes yeah it was an old
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strategy not a new concept to use the
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stimulants and chewing the leaves of the
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plant that produced cocaine has
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something that’s been used long long
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time for the in those regions for those
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reasons making tireless and so on but
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it’s now at a new level with these M
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feta means it’s basically been in place
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I really in its modern form it’s been in
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place since World War two by the Nazis
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so interesting out of all of that we’re
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going to see how this all plays out more
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information will be coming out on this
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we’re probably going to need to do an
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update but these guys are still in the
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game and Isis is making big money off of
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draw books to to do what they do so
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that’s a big source of income and the
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poppy cultivation also by the Taliban
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they control almost all of the poppy
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production nowadays so drugs are heavily
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used by terrorist groups to finance
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their efforts now and this is just one
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more part of that thing and probably
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have some interest out of all of this is
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the level of international cooperation
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the transnational criminal activity that
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we see where you have Isis terrorist
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group working with Milano criminal
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family not necessarily related not
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necess
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the same ideals not necessarily the same
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goals but they’re perfectly happy to
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cooperate when it comes down to that
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magic ingredient of making big money
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you
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