0643 GMT May 27, 2022
Smuggled goods valued at over $21.96 million were discovered during seven-day operations by Iran’s Law Enforcement Forces, known domestically by the abbreviation NAJA, in border areas.
Brigadier General Ahmad Ali Goudarzi, NAJA’s border commander, made the remark, saying that the operations titled, “Ra’d” (Thunder) 6, were carried out in border areas in the northwestern, western and southern provinces, IRNA reported.
In a year designated as “Year of Production, Support and Elimination of Obstacles” by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, the heroic Naja forces have seriously placed fighting smuggling on their agenda in light of their intelligence and operational dominance, he added.
Brigadier General Ali Goudarzi noted that during the seven-day operations, 49 vessels and 74 vehicles carrying smuggled goods were seized, saying NAJA’s guards cleared the border areas of smugglers.
Two vessels with foreign flags as well as heavy machinery were confiscated, he noted, adding that in an operation, 17 heavy vehicles, one loader, two concrete mixers and one forklift were discovered.
The commander said several smuggling rings were also smashed during the operations, listing other seized items as 166 weapons and ammunition, which were intended to be smuggled into the country.
He added that 590,000 liters of smuggled fuel were also discovered loaded on vessels afloat in the Persian Gulf under unfavorable climatic conditions, saying during the operations, 467 smugglers were arrested and handed over to judicial authorities.
Among the other seized items were cosmetic items, cell phone parts, home appliances, electronic devices, light- and heavy-weight livestock, cell phones, tablets, textile and cigarettes.
A few days ago, Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) announced in a statement that its forces identified and smashed a main network of organized smuggling of home appliances.
The IRGC added the forces of its Intelligence Organization, through coordination with the Judiciary, identified the major network after months of intelligence operations and monitoring, IRNA reported.
Over the past two years, the statement added, the network had smuggled 30,000 home appliances under South Korean brands into the country.
The main members of the network were arrested and close to 40,000 smuggled items including refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers, air conditioners and TV sets were seized, it said.
According to the statement, the network smuggled the items into the country from the western borders and southern ports.
It added after transferring the smuggled products to their warehouses, the network sold them to customers across the country.