16 detained in Sulaimani over narcotic offenses – Asayish

A combined picture of Kurdistan Region’s Asayish operations forces that are due to be deployed to Parvez Khan border crossing, August 9, 2021.

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The Security forces in Sulaimani (Asayish) announced on Sunday that it detained 16 suspects over narcotic offenses.

A statement from local security forces (Asayish) received by Esta Media Network, saying amid the continuation of combating narcotic substances and drug trafficking prevention, at least 16 suspects were detained.

The suspects include residents from all different cities and towns of the Kurdistan Region, according to Asayih’s statement.

Asayish stated, that five of the detainees were drug traffickers, and the rest were users. And all of the are being held in custody by the judge’s decision in accordance with articles 26-30 of the Iraqi anti-drug penal code.

Drug trafficking has gone up inside the Kurdistan Region side by side with consumption of it, according to authorities.

Border areas turned into a hotspot for narcotic business, particularly those that are shared with Iran.

Most of the drug substances are imported by smugglers, and they utilized harsh geographical conditions.

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.

 

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