SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The narcotic offenses ratio in Sulaimani decreased during the six initial months of 2022 compared to the last year said, the general directorate of local security forces (Asayish) in Sulaimani on Sunday.
Asayish spokesperson in Sulaimani Yasin Abdul-Samia said that 240 suspects were detained in six initial months of 2022 over narcotic trafficking, including drug use.
“229 of the detainees were male, the other 11 were female,” and “67 of them were arrested over drug trafficking, 137 for addiction,” he said.
The spokesperson stated that Asayish’s data indicates that the number of drug offenses declined compared to last year. He also pointed out, “no drugs have been manufactured inside the Kurdistan Region, and the existing narcotics are imported from neighborhood countries”
June 26 Marks International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking aims to foster action and cooperation in achieving a world free of drug abuse.
Drug trafficking has increasingly become more frequent in the Kurdistan Region, in particular in the border areas between the Region and Iran, the area become a hotspot even for transiting drug substances.
Kurdish officials have warned that drug trafficking threatens to become an epidemic if anti-narcotics forces fail to curtail its rise in the Kurdistan Region.