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Drug experts, traders and local activists say Syrian production of the most popular of the stimulants, known by its former brand name Captagon, accelerated in 2013, outpacing production in other countries in the region such as Lebanon.The trader said production in Lebanon fell 90 percent in 2013 from two years earlier, and wholly attributed the drop to a shift in production to Syria. He said some production might also have moved to Syria from Turkey during the past year.National drug control offices in the region also report Syria's increasing role in the trade.Official figures show Lebanon seized more than 12.3 million Captagon pills in 2013 . Shamseddine said most of that came from a few large busts in the Bekaa Valley, bordering Syria. One seizure of 5.3 million pills implicated a Syrian family that he said has been smuggling drugs for 10 years.
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