Iraq's drug war continues

Life imprisonment for drug traffickers in Baghdad

BAGHDAD, August 14 — The Karkh Criminal Court in Baghdad issued life sentences for two individuals involved in drug trafficking and promotion on Monday as Iraqi authorities continue a severe crackdown on drug trade across the country.

A statement from the judiciary’s media office received by 964 said:

One of [suspects] was responsible for procuring drugs from Erbil governorate, while the second individual transported them in his vehicle to Baghdad. Upon the completion of their operation, their residences were raided, and the drugs along with related paraphernalia were seized. This included four pipes for consumption and nine electronic scales, along with nylon bags containing 966 grams of crystal methamphetamine, also known as ‘crystal,’ and 983 grams of the substance known as ‘hashish,’ intended for distribution and consumption.

The statement added that the verdict and sentencing were determined in accordance to the provisions of Article 28/1 of the Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Law No. 50 of 2017.