Middle East

Iraqi forces arrest two major drug dealers near the border with Syria

ERBIL, KRG, Iraq (North Press) – On Sunday, Iraqi forces arrested two major drug dealers who sneaked through the border with Syria.  

“The Iraqi security forces set up a tight ambush and arrested two drug dealers in al-Qaim district on the Syrian border,” Security Media Cell (SMC) released in a statement.

“The detachment was able to arrest the two suspects, red handed in possession of 93,000 narcotic pills, equivalent to about 17 kilograms of narcotic substances,” SMC said.

Media outlets reported some unguarded sites on the Syrian-Iraqi border which facilitate the movement of many ISIS fighters, drug dealers, and human traffickers along the border strip.

“The forces have begun to fortify the borders with Syria, and to complete the fences,” Hamed al-Husseini, commander of the Iraqi Border Guards said on October 13.  

“The borders enjoy a state of security and most terrorist infiltration and smuggling operations have been cut off,” he added.

Reporting by Hassan Haji

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