ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – On Monday, Kurdish Security forces arrested an Iranian drug dealer along with a group of Kurdish dealers in the district of Sharazur, Halabja Province, Kurdistan Region.
In an announcement, the security of Sharazur revealed that they had arrested a group of drug dealers who had established a secret drug factory inside a house.
The security confiscated several substances inside the home that were used to create illegal drugs, specifically a drug called “Sisa.”
The arrested group included four people, one of whom holds an Iranian passport.
According to the security announcement, the Iranian was an expert in drug making. The other members of the group brought him inside the Region to create drugs so that they could sell them to consumers.
Recently, the Directorate of Drug Prevention in the Ministry of Interior released a statement revealing that since the beginning of 2016, security forces have confiscated 20 kilograms of opium, heroin, and cannabis in Erbil Province.
According to the report, 277 people were arrested for the dealing and consumption of drugs in the past six months.
On June 9, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) deported over 150 foreigners in 2015 for consuming and trafficking illegal narcotics in the Region, according to the Erbil Drug Prevention Directorate.
Additionally, the Directorate’s statistics reveal that almost 500 people have been detained in Erbil in 2015, including five women.
“Drug abusers will be punished with a minimum of one year in prison,” Kurdish Lawyer Shakhawan Mohammad Omar told Kurdistan24 before.
“The punishment is much higher for the drug dealers,” he added.
The photos below are of the confiscated substances that were used in creating illegal drugs by the arrested group.
Editing by Karzan Sulaiavny