Iran’s drug trafficking to central Asia and Europe

[Drug trafficking is a major and ongoing issue in Iran. Iran is a key transshipment point for Southwest Asian heroin to Europe. Iran shares a 975-kilometer common border with Afghanistan the worlds largest opium producer which provides a short land route for drug transit. In 2012, U.S. Department of Treasury revealed the involvement of Iran Revolutionary Guards Corps Quds Force (IRGC-QF) in drug trafficking, saying Todays action exposes IRGC-QF involvement in trafficking narcotics, made doubly reprehensible here because it is done as a part of a broader scheme to support terrorism. In continuation, the Treasury noted: General Gholamreza Baghbani is an IRGC-QF officer and the current chief of the IRGC-QF office in Zahedan, Iran in southeastern Iran, near the Afghan border. General Baghbani allowed Afghan narcotics traffickers to smuggle opiates through Iran in return for assistance. For example, Afghan narcotics traffickers moved weapons to the Taliban on behalf of Baghbani. In return, General Baghbani has helped facilitate the smuggling of heroin precursor chemicals through the Iranian border. He also helped facilitate shipments of opium into Iran.]