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Over 23 kg of narcotics seized in three drug operations in Erbil

  2021-06-22  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Ten suspects were are arrested and over 23.5 kilograms of narcotics and illicit drugs were seized in three operations in Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq. Photo provided by the Drug Control Directorate on June 22,2021.
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Ten suspects were arrested in three drug busts who had possessed over 23 kilograms of narcotics and over 37,000 capsules of illicit drugs in the past few days in Erbil governorate, an anti-drug department said on Tuesday (June 22).

Earlier in the day, more than twelve kilograms of Methamphetamine, heroin, hashish and 37,772 capsules of Tramadol, Somadril and Methadone were seized and seven suspects were apprehended in an operation in Erbil, the Drug Control Directorate said.

There were high-profile drug traders among the arrested, read a statement from the drug control department said, which affiliated with the Erbil General Asayish Directorate, as Zhyan News Network was able to obtain a copy of it.  

On Sunday, three people were arrested by the security forces and six kilograms of heroin were confiscated hidden under a car jack in Haji Omaran border crossing in Erbil’s Soran district.

About five kilograms of opium were also seized by the security forces in the Erbil International Airport in the same day after they had been hidden under rugs and projectors bound for Britain through a transportation company. 

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

On Jun 14, more than 200 kilograms of narcotics were confiscated and three suspects were arrested in two drug busts in Sulaimani.

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)