Crystal meth

Life sentence for drug dealer in Babil

BABIL — On Thursday, the Babil Criminal Court sentenced a drug dealer to life imprisonment after he was found with crystal meth and other narcotics intended for sale, according to a statement from the Supreme Judicial Council’s media office.

The court’s decision is based on Article 27 of the Drug and Psychotropic Substances Law No. 50 of 2017.

This sentencing highlights the persistent challenge of drug trafficking in Iraq. In 2023, Iraqi authorities arrested 144 international drug traffickers. Last year’s raids also resulted in the confiscation of four tons of narcotics, 15 tons of psychotropic substances, 1,700 firearms, and 1,200 vehicles.

Iraqi law imposes severe penalties for drug trafficking, ranging from long prison sentences to the death penalty in extreme cases. Recently, the Central Criminal Court in Baghdad sentenced seven people to death for importing and exporting drugs, including one foreign national.

The Anti-Narcotics Directorate reported that in 2024 alone, they arrested 6,000 suspects and seized 10 tons of various drugs.

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