Mobile  |  About us  |  Photos  |  Videos  |  Subscriptions  |  RSS Feeds  |  Today's Paper  |  Classifieds  |  Contact Us
The Daily Star
MONDAY, 21 APR 2014
04:20 AM Beirut time
Weather    
Beirut
17 °C
Blom Index
BLOM
1,214.01down
Middle East
Follow this story Print RSS Feed ePaper share this
Armenia detains two over major heroin haul
Agence France Presse
Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (L) shakes hands with his Armenian counterpart Edward Nalbandian as they meet in Yerevan, on December 12, 2013.  AFP PHOTO /  KAREN MINASYAN
Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (L) shakes hands with his Armenian counterpart Edward Nalbandian as they meet in Yerevan, on December 12, 2013. AFP PHOTO / KAREN MINASYAN
A+ A-

YEREVAN: Armenia has detained two foreign citizens after security forces discovered almost one metric ton of heroin allegedly being smuggled from Iran to Turkey.

A Georgian truck driver was arrested after border guards found some 927 kilograms of heroin in his vehicle while a Turkish national was detained later, Armenia's National Security Service said.

"As a result of a search operation conducted in Yerevan, one of the organisers of the heroin trafficking was detained, a Turkish citizen Osman Ogurlu, 40," the security agency said in a statement released late Sunday.

The huge drug seizure, which occurred at the Megri border crossing between Iran and Armenia, is reportedly the largest ever uncovered by the Armenian authorities.

Officials from Armenia's tax inspectorate estimate that the haul could have a street value of over $100 million (75 million euros).

Iran is thought to be a major transit point for heroin being smuggled from Central Asia through the South Caucasus and into Europe.

This shipment was allegedly set to travel to Turkey via Armenia and then Georgia.

 
Home Middle East
 
     
 
Armenia / Iran / Turkey
Advertisement
Comments  

Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

comments powered by Disqus
Story Summary
Armenia has detained two foreign citizens after security forces discovered almost one metric ton of heroin allegedly being smuggled from Iran to Turkey.

The huge drug seizure, which occurred at the Megri border crossing between Iran and Armenia, is reportedly the largest ever uncovered by the Armenian authorities.
Related Articles
 
 
Once a Soviet hub, Armenia looks to revive its tech industry
 
 
Poland seizes $10 mln worth of heroin smuggled from Ukraine
Entities
Advertisement


Baabda 2014
Advertisement
Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Linked In Follow us on Google+ Subscribe to our Live Feed
Multimedia
Images  
Pictures of the day
A selection of images from around the world- Saturday April 19, 2014
View all view all
Advertisement
Rami G. Khouri
Rami G. Khouri
Why Israeli-Palestinian talks fail
Michael Young
Michael Young
Why confuse gibberish with knowledge?
David Ignatius
David Ignatius
Echoes of 1914 characterize the Ukraine crisis
View all view all
Advertisement
cartoon
 
Click to View Articles
 
 
News
Business
Opinion
Sports
Culture
Technology
Entertainment
Privacy Policy | Anti-Spamming Policy | Disclaimer | Copyright Notice
© 2014 The Daily Star - All Rights Reserved - Designed and Developed By IDS