SULAIMANI – Sulaimani West Asayish Directorate said on Sunday (April 18) that seven suspects have been arrested on narcotics trafficking and use in the past 20 days in different areas in the Kurdistan Region.
The suspects included two drug dealers and five users who were apprehended in operations in coordination with the security forces in Taq Taq sub-district, the Asayish directorate said in a statement.
“One of the traffickers was a resident of Qaladze [district] who possessed 2.2 kg of crystal Methamphetamine, while the other suspects were users and residents from the Kurdistan region’s different areas,” it said. “They consumed crystal and Hashish.”
The suspects had been detained in accordance with Article 26 and 30 of the Kurdistan Region’s anti-drug law.
Also on Sunday, a suspect was arrested in the possession of 25 kilograms of narcotics including 18 kilogram of heroin and 7 kilogram of crystal, Methamphetamine, according to an anti-drug directorate in Erbil.
On Saturday, ten suspects were apprehended and more than six kilograms of drugs were seized in separate drug busts in Erbil, according to an anti-drug agency.
The drug research experts have warned of a rise in drug trafficking and use in the Region.
On March 2, Head of Sulaimani Narcotics Control Directorate Pishtiwan Bahadin said that the security forces arrested 23 people suspected of narcotic use and trafficking in three drug busts in a 24-hour operation in Sulaimani governorate.
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.