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Large amount of drug arrived from Iran, seized in Erbil

  2021-06-03  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Anti-drug teams spill sacks of salt with drugs hidden inside them in Erbil on June 3, 2021. Photo/Zhyan News Network
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Erbil security forces on Thursday (June 3) seized a shipment of a large amount of drugs that had arrived from Iran hidden inside sacks of refined salt.

General Narcotics Control Directorate said 15 kilograms of opium was seized and an Iranian drug dealer, who was reportedly an employee at a warehouse used to store the salt, was apprehended.

Anti-drug authorities found the illicit cargo during a truck inspection in Erbil’s Kasnazan area, reporter of Zhyan News Network said.

In two another anti-drug operation, security forces arrested two bands of drug dealers and confiscated 339 tablets of Tramadol, 50 kilos of crystal, 92 tablets of “B2”, 72 tablets of Clonazepam and 42 tablets of Alprazolam.

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

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

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)

This story was updated at 7:50 PM