The economic crises and current social anomalies in Iran are the product of the 40 years of corruption and autocratic policies of the rulers of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
But even among the corrupt regime entities, one organization stands out: The Revolutionary Guards Corps.
One of the darkest pages of corruption in Iran is the IRGC’s role in the trafficking and distribution of narcotics inside and outside of Iran, which has now become the focus of international attention.
The regime’s production and distribution of narcotics is a lucrative business with a dual application. On the one hand, the regime distributes drugs inside Iran and then spreads an atmosphere of repression and fear by hanging young people on drug-related charges. And on the other hand, the profit from its drug trade provides fodder for its terrorist-related and warmongering activities around the world.
According to the documentation provided by international sources, since the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran, drug trafficking and the import of narcotics from Afghanistan has grown so high that it is estimated that the IRGC makes millions of dollars just from its drug trade.
According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), “About 40 percent of the drug trapped in Iran remains in this country, with 60 percent remaining in Iraq, Turkey, Azerbaijan, and eventually in Europe.”
On March 20, the Indian Coast Guard arrested a number of IRGC elements smuggling heroin. After their attempted escape failed, Indian forces boarded the IRGC boat and in addition to detaining its nine Iranian crew, seized about 100 kilograms of heroin. Reports indicate that the Iranian crew was successful in setting fire to the boat to destroy the evidence.
In another instance, an Iranian ship carrying heroin was seized by the Sri Lanka Coast Guards on Sunday, March 24.
“The discovery and seizure of the ship were carried out in a special operation with the participation of Sri Lanka’s police and naval forces in the southern waters of the country. It is estimated that the value of heroin cargo was more than one billion rupees. According to investigations by Sri Lankan authorities, the ship crew dumped some of the heroin into the ocean,” Colombo Gazette, a Sri Lankan newspaper wrote.
Why the IRGC needs its drug trade
The Iranian regime has a growing need for large-scale financial resources for its warmongering and terrorist activities in the region, especially after the US-led sanctions. This has increased the regime’s drug trade mafia activities headed by the IRGC. The Guards have devoted the bulk of their political, diplomatic, and logistical capabilities to the drug trade in an attempt to reduce the effects of sanctions.
Reports indicate that the IRGC has launched an extensive plan to send drugs to Europe through air, sea, and land.
Only in April and May in the ports and airports of Italy, Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Afghanistan, Turkey and Syria large shipments of Iranian narcotics were discovered and seized by the countries’ law enforcement bodies while reports of the events were covered by various news agencies.
And this is how a regime that has executed thousands of Iranians on drug-related charges traffics thousands of tons of narcotics through the Revolutionary Guards to pay for its malicious activities inside and outside of Iran.