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3 kg of narcotics seized in Erbil’s Warte: anti-drug department

  2021-07-22  | 
 Zhyan News Network
A suspect is seen arrested with the possession of three kilograms of opium and crystal Methamphetamine in Erbil, Kurdistan Region, July 22, 2021. Photo by Drug Control Directorate
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – A suspect was arrested in the possession of three kilograms of narcotics in Warte sub-district, northeast of Erbil on Thursday (July 22), an anti-drug department said. 

The narcotics included two kilograms and a half of opium and 500 grams of crystal Methamphetamine, the Drug Control Directorate, which is part of Erbil General Asayish Directorate.

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

On July 12, about fifteen kilograms of narcotics were confiscated from the possession of a drug trafficking ring in an operation by the security forces in Erbil.

Over 200 kilograms of narcotics were seized and 881 suspects were apprehended on illegal drug use and trafficking by the security forces in Erbil in the first half of 2021. 

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 and illicit drugs coming from Iran and central Asia to Europe, with limited but growing domestic consumption.

(Zhyan English)