Mar. 29, 2019
Nine Iranians Nabbed in Sri Lanka with 107 Kg. of Heroin (Sunday Times-Sri Lanka)
Nine Iranian nationals were arrested after a tip-off on March 24 with 107 kg. of heroin being transported in a trawler, Police Spokesman S.P. Ruwan Gunasekara said.
See also Senior Iranian Officials Arrested in Sri Lanka for Heroin Smuggling (Iran Commentary)
The Sri Lankan Police Narcotics Bureau learned of the actual owners of the heroin consignment seized on March 24 and arrested Brig.-Gen. Mohammad Massoud Zahedian, Iran’s Anti-Narcotics Police Chief, and Col. Mohammad Bakhshandeh, chief of Tehran’s Anti-Narcotics Police, at Colombo’s airport.
According to a senior official of the Khatam al-Anbia Construction Company in Iran – known to be linked to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) – the state police of Iran, NAJA, has been resorting to smuggling narcotics recently for money-laundering purposes.