ERBIL — Between January and August 2022, Iraqi counter-drug forces seized more than 300 kilograms of narcotics with 14 million captagon pills, a statement said.
The General Directorate of Narcotics Control in Iraq’s Ministry of Interior said in a statement that its forces have also arrested over 11,000 people on drug-related charges.
In August only, 1,350 people were arrested by the security forces, the statement added.
The statistics show a rapid rise in the number of arrestees. In the 12 months of 2020, Iraqi forces arrested nearly 7,000 people and the following year 13,000 people were charged with drug crimes, including consumption and dealing.
While Iraq and Saudi Arabia are the main consumers of captagon drugs, Syria remains the main supplier in the Middle East.