Asayish arrests three foreigners on drug charges

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SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Three members of a narcotic gang were arrested in the Kurdistan Region’s Raparin on Tuesday, according to a statement.

The arrest was made by the Raparin security force (Asayish) following two separate narcotic operations, the directorate of Asayish said in a statement.

The suspects were foreigners among which a female included. They are charged with using and trafficking narcotic substances, the statement said.

The statement did not specify the nationality of the suspects.

The statement also added that Asayish has inspected the suspects’ residential site, where it seized an amount of Methamphetamine and an AK-47 weapon.

One of the suspect was en route from Erbil to Ranya and had 5000 tramadol pills with an amount of Heroin when he was arrested by Asayish, according to the statement.

All of the suspects have been jailed while the investigations on the case are still underway.

Areas in central and southern Iraq and areas bordering Iran have become major narcotic trafficking routes for drugs, including crystal methamphetamine.

On Mar. 13, Iraqi authorities said they seized three million pills of captagon, an amphetamine-type stimulant that has been sweeping the Middle East for years, near the Syrian border.

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