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Record breaking 80-million pill drugs cache seized at Iraqi port

The drugs haul is being described by officials as the largest amount apprehended in Iraq’s war against drugs.
Umm Qasr Port (Image for illustrative purposes only).
Umm Qasr Port (Image for illustrative purposes only).

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A shipping container loaded with 80 million narcotic pills has been seized by Basra Operations Command at the southern port of Umm Qasr.

The drugs haul is being described by officials as the largest amount apprehended in Iraq’s war against drugs.

"Based on accurate intelligence, filed in a follow-up to intensive efforts by the Basra Operations Command, a container was found in the southern port of Umm Qasr containing narcotic pills," a statement from the Iraqi Ministry of Defense said on its official website.

The statement did not mention the type of pills found but did says there were an estimated “80 million pills in small school bags”, while local media has speculated that the pills were Captagon.

The statement, issued on Wednesday, said that the Operations Command in Basra “launched investigations on how these drugs entered Iraq, and gave orders for taking necessary measures and making needed arrests.”

More so, the probe will look into the company which imported the container and how papers were tampered with and port employees bribed to turn a blind eye.

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