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3.5kg narcotics seized in Raparin administration’s Halsho

  2021-05-09  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Two suspects are detained and 3.5 kilograms of opium seized in a drug bust by the security forces in Halsho, Raparin administration, Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, May 9,2021. Photo by Zhyan News Network
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Two suspects were apprehended and over three kilograms of narcotics were seized by the security forces in a drug bust in Halsho sub-district in Raparin administration three days ago, Raparin Asayish Directorate said on Sunday (May 9). 

The suspects arrested on Thursday possessed 3.5 kilograms of opium who intended to smuggle the narcotics through a post office from Qaaldze to Sulaimani, from there abroad, reported the Asayish directorate.

The suspects have been detained in accordance with article 26 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances and a probe into them has been started, it added.

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

Over 25 kilograms of narcotics were seized in April. 

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.

(Zhyan English)