Security forces seized over 555 kilograms of drugs in Kurdistan in 2020: authorities

File – Security forces seize heroin in Erbil (Erbil Asayish)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Kurdish security forces have seized more than 555 kilograms of narcotics in the Kurdistan Region in 2020, authorities said on Monday.

The Region’s directorate of anti-narcotics said in a statement that the security forces had seized 555.74 kilograms of narcotics, including heroin, methamphetamine and hashish.

The security forces seized 405.123 kilograms of heroin, 86.523 kilograms of opium, 52.541 kilograms of methamphetamine, 9.834 kilograms of hashish, 1.719 kilogram of a Jamaican type of drug, according to the statement.

They also confiscated 2,734 tablets of clonazepam, tramadol B2, methadone and alprazolam, the directorate of anti-narcotics said.

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.

According to security officials, some of the drugs that they seize are imported illegally from Iran.

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