Azerbaijan, Baku, July 21 /Trend, K.Zarbaliyeva/
15 drug smugglers were detained and 425 kg drug was confiscated during anti-drug operations conducted by the Ministry of National Security of Azerbaijan last month. A criminal investigation was launched on 5 cases, public relations center of the Ministry of National Security reported.
397 kg hashish, smuggled from Iran to Russia via Azerbaijan, was confiscated from the Azerbaijani and Russian citizens as a result of joint measures taken by Ministry of National Security of Azerbaijan and Drug Control Service of Russia.
During the operations in Lankaran, a kilogram of heroin was found in a car driven by Baku resident Fazil Aliyev. It was also smuggled from Iran to Azerbaijan near Telman village of Astara region. An Iranian citizen, who helped him to get drug, is identified now by the investigators.
As a result of another operation, 16 kg 170,94 g hashish and 17 g heroin was confiscated from a group of drug smugglers - Azerbaijani citizens, who smuggled narcotics jointly with an Iranian citizen, whose identity is investigated now.
12 kg hashish and about 900 g heroin was found during the operations conducted in Baku and Astara.100 g heroin was confiscated from the residents of Lankaran and Shirvan regions of Azerbaijan.
All the facts are investigated and anti-drug operations are continued due to detention of another persons involved in drug smuggling.