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Over 200 kg of narcotics seized in 2 ops. in Sulaimani: Asayish

  2021-06-14  | 
 Zhyan News Network
207 kilograms of narcotics including opium and heroin are seized by security forces in Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region, Iraq. A screengrab from a confession tape released by Sulaimani Asayish Directorate on June 14,2021.
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – More than 200 kilograms of narcotics were confiscated in two drug busts and three suspects were arrested in Sulaimani, Sulaimani Asayish Directorate said on Monday (June 14).

The narcotics were 207 kilograms of opium and heroin that were bound abroad through Sulaimani governorate, according to a confession tape released by the Asayish directorate.  

Drug research experts and official are wary of a rise in drug trafficking and use in the Kurdistan Region.

On June 7, 500 kilograms of hookah tobacco flavors mingled with narcotics were confiscated and five suspects were apprehended by the security forces in cafeterias serving shisha in the Kurdistan Region capital of Erbil's Ankawa.

On May 23, a drug dealer was arrested, who possessed more than ninety kilograms of narcotics.

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.

(Zhyan English)