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Over 90 kg of narcotics seized in drug bust in Erbil, says anti-drug department

  2021-05-23  | 
 Zhyan News Network
A suspect is arrested and 184 molds containing 92 kilograms of heroin is seized in a drug bust in Erbil, Kurdistan Region, May 23,2021. Photo by General Narcotics Control Directorate in Erbil
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – A drug dealer was arrested in Erbil on Sunday (May 23) who possessed more than ninety kilograms of narcotics, said an anti-drug department. 

184 molds containing 92 kilograms of heroin were confiscated and a Turkish national living in the Kurdistan Region was apprehended in connection with the drug bust, the General Narcotics Control Directorate in Erbil said in a statement. 

The suspect has been detained in accordance with article 25 of the anti-drug law. 

The drug research experts have warned of a rise in drug trafficking and use in the Region.

Over half a ton of drugs were confiscated throughout 2020 and 1,133 suspects were arrested on drug-related charges, according to the Kurdistan Region’s General Narcotics Control Directorate.

Due to its nearness to neighboring Iran, the Kurdistan Region has largely become a transit route for narcotics coming from Iran and central Asia to Europe, with limited but growing domestic consumption, according to officials and activists.

(Zhyan English)