Kurdish forces detain man trying to send narcotics to Europe

File – Emblem of Kurdistan flag on the arm of a security force. (Esta Media Network)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Kurdish security forces arrested a man who was trying to send narcotics to a European country from the Kurdistan Region, authorities said on Wednesday.

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Security Service said its forces detained a person in Sulaimani over drug using and trafficking.

“He was trying to send narcotics which he hid in 30 copper pots to a European country,” the security service said in a statement.

The security forces also seized 6.29 kilograms of heroin, the statement read.

On Monday, police in Sulaimani detained four people including a woman over drug using in the province.

Kurdish security forces seized more than 555 kilograms of drugs including heroin, methamphetamine and hashish in 2020, according to the Kurdistan Region’s directorate of anti-narcotics.

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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